Beyond a Reasonable Drought (A Poem about Natural Disaster)
Beyond A Reasonable Drought
by John Hansen (C) 2013
The land is parched and drying,
Fields dusty brown and frying.
You can hear the farmer crying
As his livestock fall down, dying.
The morning grass devoid of dew
The cloudless sky sweet baby blue.
Wildflowers gone, where they once grew,
Thick trees no longer block your view.
The birds still sing, but not with cheer,
Scarce food and water not so near,
As daytime temperatures burn and sear.
Will it rain again this year?
Wildlife ventures far afield
Looking for some better yield.
Crossing roads, their fate is sealed,
Death - the risky cards they're dealed.
This wide brown land of sweeping plain,
In desperate need of Summer rain
To refill dams, grow grass and grain,
Bring everything to life again.