Beyond a Reasonable Drought - a Poem About Natural Disaster
Drought in Australia
Australia is a continent defined by extremes, and recent decades have seen some extraordinary climate events. But droughts, floods, heatwaves, and fires have battered Australia for millennia. Are recent extreme events really worse than those in the past?
In studies conducted by The University of Melbourne, 800 years of seasonal rainfall patterns across the Australian continent were reconstructed. These new records show that parts of Northern Australia are wetter than ever before and that major droughts of the late 20th and early 21st centuries in southern Australia are likely unprecedented over the past 400 years. This has subsequently resulted in the increasing incidence of severe bushfire in recent years, particularly in 2019. (source: University of Melbourne)
Beyond A Reasonable Drought
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.
Sunburned Country- Olivia, and Keith Urban
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 John Hansen