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Beyond a Reasonable Drought (A Poem about Natural Disaster)

Updated on January 13, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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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.

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Sunburned Country- Olivia, and Keith Urban

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, thanks for reading this one. You're right that Olivia is spectacular and I had a big crush on her as a teenager. A real Aussie icon. Keith is good too and went to school with my brother.

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      Bill Russo 17 months ago from Cape Cod

      Very well done John. Thanks for that and also for that video with Olivia Newton John and Keith Urban. Keith is very good and Olivia is spectacular. I'm glad to note that she is still working and is still in top form.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Marie. Your wonderful insightful comment adds greatly to this hub. It would be so sad if our whole world became like my description and these sad pictures. Our country still has beautiful rain forests and green hills but these are becoming less and less. The more trees that are cleared for development the less rainfall will fall on the land in our already driest continent on Earth. I pray man has an epiphany and changes his ways before it is too late.

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      Marie Lawrence 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I found this hub to be a cry of awakening for all of us who love our amazing earth and its green meadows, rivers, forests, oceans and wildlife- all of its glorious diversity! I found the poem to be very poignant in its imagery of a once beautiful land caught in the grip of climate change and its urgent call to act now if we want to save what is so much a part of our humanity and our well-being! As a child, I remember running through the fields with other children and seeing so much wildlife, monarch butterflies, and wild flowers. Now, you see much more barren landscapes in places which were once teeming with life. Is this the legacy that we want to leave our children? I think not. We cannot destroy the earth without essentially destroying ourselves, physically and spiritually. Thank you for creating this hub that shows us through words and powerful images a world which may become devoid of the splendor that was once ours and if we fail to act, maybe gone forever!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My sentiments exactly Availiavision. We have to act now ans start conserving water and trying to live sustainably. People see photos of Australia and our great beaches etc but don't realise that this is the driest continent on Earth. Most of the population lives along the coastline. The interior is mostly desert. Thanks for reading.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      I didn't realize that is was so bad there. Here in California, the drought is getting relly bad, but we are doing everything we can to cut back. My family replaced our lawn with a stone patio, fountains are being taken out, and there are tons of rules for when you can water your garden. The problem is that we built cities in areas with water sources that cannot sustain the size of the population. If we are to survive beyond the next few decades, some major changed must take place.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure Carrie, thank you for reading and commenting. Drought is one of those things we have to learn to live with.

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Touching and brutally honest. Great poem :) Thank you for sharing and giving us a reality check not to take rain for granted.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Carter, good to hear from another Aussie who has been through drought and can understand exactly what it's like. Definitely not pleasant especially having to watch stock die or have them put down. Fortunately we have only had to buy in water once, but we have gone close many times...it seems when the tanks are down to the last few drops the skies open up. Glad you liked this poem. It my lowest rated hub and in danger of being up featured so I needed to try to get some traffic happening.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Mary and your kind comment. The norm here (if there still is one now climate change is playing havoc) is to have seven years of drought and then flooding rains to relieve the situation for awhile. Droughts seem to be more frequent, but we have been cut off from home by flooding twice in the last five years so instead of rain being sporadic throughout the year it seems to all come at once. I appreciate the vote up.

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I don't know how I missed this one Joda as being an Aussie the topic is so close to my heart.. I lived in country NSW for a long time and was on a property through the early eighties drought.. think: dust storms; buying in water for tank supplies and shooting nearly dead from starvation & thirst livestock.. this great poem hits the mark..great photo's btw

      Cheers

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      We have extreme climate changes here in Florida. We go through dry spells, then it rains and I think the rain will never stop.

      Such a sad work, but your description of the drought is wonderful.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Blossom, thank you so much. To be compared to Dorothea Mackellar is unthinkable. She is one of Australia's greatest ever poets and My Country an Australian iconic poem. I understand where you saw similarities though, where I mention "this wide brown land" and the subject of drough. Undoubtedly some of my inspiration for it came from memories of her wonderful poem. (If anyone wants to read it here's a link:http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/peop... ).

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So well written - you create the atmosphere very well. At least we haven't had so many bushfires across the nation - yet! - this summer. Reminds me a little of 'My Country.'

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your great comment and kind words Jo. Climate change is havng a real and dramatic effect. Happy New Yesr.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eddy, always love having you read and comment on my hubs.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      An awesome piece of work. The degree of climate change in the last few years can be frightening, there is pure devastation in some places, I hope the new year brings the welcoming rains to your area.

      And A Happy New Year to you.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant work as always Jodah.

      Eddy.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Ann, yes drought is too common here and often results in bush fires as well. We have rainwater tanks, they overflow when it's flooding and run dry when there's a drought....need more I guess. Happy New Year to you.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great poem & illustrations. It's such a problem in so many places.

      They panic here when we have a so-called 'drought', then we have flooding all over the place, as we've had recently. There's no excuse for water shortages in Britain but we don't manage it very well. We're not affected here so we're lucky.

      Happy New Year to you and yours! Ann

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sure Eric, any time. Always great to have a side kick. Where would Batman be without Robin, The Lone Ranger without Tonto, Abbot without Costello?

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Jackie, I'm glad this one appealed to you. I aim to please. Thanks for the vote up and share.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And I am just a small child who puts his hand in your back pocket and follows you around. That is the best friend ever.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just my kind of poetry, I love it. It is beautiful. Up and sharing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eric, it is common courtesy. Unfortunately some people lack it. Oh yes our pet dogs will always let us know if a wild one is nearby. It's the flees I have to beware of...lol.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I appreciate good folk who write back to visitors. This is a good quality and worthy of praise.

      Let all the dogs in your home but please watch out for the wild ones.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and your kind comment Alicia. Yes 2013 was a bad one here, I hope the coming one is kinder.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Betty, I hope your prayers are answered.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Eric, glad you liked it. Oh yes, the other Eric is quite a guy, very passionate and thought provoking. You should check out his hubs.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've created a great description of drought, Jodah. The situation sounds horrible. I hope that 2014 is a good year for you and your environment.

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      wonderfully written. Praying for rain.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Great poem Jodah, and this Ericdierker is a passionate guy ay? I read his comments, they are poetic unto themselves.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Bill, recent trends seem to be for us to get floods for two years followed by drought for at least two. This has been a very dry Summer. Thanks for your thoughts and blessings.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It has been a tough summer for your country hasn't it John? Sending hopes for that summer rain you need, and blessings for the new year.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      @MsDora, thank you so much for your generous comments. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

      @Faith, It's an important subject for me. I'm not affected as bad as many but it is still not pleasant. Thanks for your kind comments and the vote up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Very dramatic poem here and your words were visual enough, even without the added great imagery!

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like everything about this poem--the title, the rhymes, the rhythm, the theme of ruin to restoration. A super great read! Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The only thing I have to give is me, and the only thing me has is love. Peace

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your comments Cam, yes it is sad to see animals perish and farmers lose their livelihood. Increasing numbers of men on the land have reached breaking point, and suicide is an ever increasing problem. Thank you for your wish for rain also.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Jodah, this brought back to mind my reading about the dust bowl. How very sad it to see men and animals, crops and land so devastated. I hope rain heads your way soon.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Eric for honouring me with your presence. I am glad I could teach you something with these mere words. From one "good" man(I hope) to another.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ah Nadine, what a coincidence that you said my "words stream like a flowing river" haha. Maybe that is a prophesy that rain is on it's way. I hope so. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Flourish, I am constantly blown away by the amazing comments my hubs get from accomplished writers such as yourself. Thank you for your praise and vote up.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are not without dirt.They say we are dust. How wrong they are for we are dirt. Big difference.

      And then some one comes along and piles my dirt as big as you. And makes a great man out of the same stuff as me.

      We are made better by good men who write good things for us to hear. And you are a good man. And so I learned today from you.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Absolutely beautiful the way your words stream like a flowing river. Interesting that I came up with that comment to do with water! Well done.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very sad and the mental images you conjure up are not so imaginary, unfortunately. Good poem, voted up and more.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Mary for your generous comments and vote up. It is a huge problem in this country, and we are almost out of water at the moment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great to see you first out of the blocks to read this poem Frank. Always great to get your comments, better go grab a glass of cool water.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Beautiful poem about a much ignored topic. Although your photos were well suited, your words painted the pictures perfectly. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow this poem just dried my throat great write and the photo lines --