Hottest Day In October - Poem by Danny Draper
The southerly change came in at 11: 30 pm
cool respite roared its advancing
Aeolian legions of turbulent will
Rousing summer foreboding
Dessicated dread and climate
change fruits of extremities
brought earlier each year
The day predicted, reached 38 Celsius
Watered the garden the day before
So the gusting westerly winds to 90 km/PH
Did not destabilise the trees
and allowed the water to soak in.
The Hymenosporum flavum - Native Frangipani,
lost half its adorning yellow flowers
And they and the Blackbutt hybrid
Shed buckets of withered crunchy leaf litter
onto the courtyard and into the alcove
Awaiting entrance to the house,
Later mulch to protect the garden
The ceiling fans languid spun at medium
Perfunctory licked electrons tongue
Total fire ban's tested resources
Coordinated services against
Arsonists, pyromaniacs and random blazes
Media feeding carcass charred
And record breaking breath fought heat
dry grass, bush and sad house fire
Parched earth and gasping trees
Clench stomata and persist til dark
Back burning fires contained,
some left to tire sated on exhausted fuel,
Early spring and scientific predictions
will sorely test us
All the way to wretched autumn
that now looks like an old mild spring.
Tired of the long breathy,
How long can they hang on
The toughest drought hardy sclerophyllous?
The crumb dust crusted earth
Always will and always was,
Will it or won't it?
With or without,
What may, may know,
Dynamic hapless destiny.
Danny Draper 11/10/2013
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