Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

It Snows! ^


The Earth’s spin broke the sun’s hot siege.
The billabong’s parched surrounds exhaled.
Coolabahs rattled dusty leaves
and friends arrived on well-worn trails.
In chitin, feathers, fur or scales,
some hopped or flapped; some scratched or slunk.
They came to fill an hour with tales
beside old Ironbark’s steadfast trunk.

That night, at ‘Outback Poetry Club’
animal friends shared poems or prose
and last to speak, in throaty thunks
was Emu with his poem: ‘Arose’
“Mt Kosciusko’s peak arose
sometime. That weighed a teraton.
It snows! It snows! It snows! It snows!
because it’s closer to the sun.”

Rosella had a greenish thumb
and asked if roses thrived up there.
Emu judged the question dumb
but feigned a noncommittal air.
Wombat said “I’ll not split hairs,
but what is ‘it’ that snows? What’s ‘it’? ”
Emu judged this question fair.
He didn’t know, but wouldn’t admit.

A titter slipped Koala’s lips
as if they’d shared a private joke.
Koala was a flirty thing
but he was not that kind of bloke.
Corella scowled as if provoked.
In half-moon light he glowed snow-white.
He raised his feathered crest and spoke,
“Hey big bird, looking for a fight”?

Inspector Numbat narrowed his eyes
as if the rhyme might hold the key
to help him find a hidden crime
which must be buried very deep.
Kangaroo said, “When I leap
extremely high I get quite hot,
so why is Mt Kosciusko’s peak,
so close to the sun, a chilly spot”?

Redback tied herself in knots
to link the peak with Emu’s beak.
Emu thought she’d lost the plot.
He smiled enigmatically.
“Ah! ” Goanna hissed, “I see.
Its nose! Its nose! It’s Emu’s nose.”
Cicadas snickered, “Zhee, zhee, zhee”,
but Dingo dropped off comatose.

“A teraton of time slow flows”,
said Ibis. “Time’s a muddy stream.
Who knows how time comes or goes?
Perhaps it’s just a Bunyip’s dream”.
“Wow! ” said Wallaby. Emu beamed.
Their views were varied and profuse.
As evening closed, they all agreed
that Emu’s poem was most abstruse.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Edited: Saturday, March 08, 2014

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These characters were introduced in 'Circumstantial'.
Poems in this series are marked with a ^

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  • ..... W@king Up..... (6/1/2013 9:16:00 PM)

    Brilliant poem :) most of the time I find it hard to keep an interest in a long poem, but this one kept me hooked! Great read :) (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (5/20/2013 4:12:00 AM)

    Abstruse indeed, but was a terrific read. Great to see these characters back and in a Poetry club to boot, culture all. The diversity of opinion was excellent and slipped in there was the poets science, again conveyed with pleasure. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (5/3/2013 8:05:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem to promote the aussie outback, perhap the Great John Williamson could turn it to a song. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (4/28/2013 6:22:00 AM)

    Ah i loved it! ! whenever you said
    -In chitin, feathers, fur or scales,
    -some hopped or flapped; some scratched or slunk.
    -They came to fill an hour with tales
    it made me laugh and amazed! ! i just loved it

    an when you say, It Snows, It Snows...i know it's your show, your show! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (4/26/2013 8:39:00 AM)

    Let it snow and covers us by an infinity love. nice story behind the poem.
    i enjoy reading this. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/25/2013 1:35:00 AM)

    An orinthologist deciphering the language of the birds and beasts with the right mix of imagination and humour! ! The Out back Poetry club with its lively participants and topic of debate is pleasingly amusing! ! (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/24/2013 7:59:00 PM)

    This question poached the evening air;
    “Why is a volcano’s roof hot? ”
    Emu, Dingo, and Numbat blared,
    When Mt. Kosciusko’s peak is not.
    Kaola filled Cicadas spot
    though Cicadas felt he was snubbed
    by the “Zhee, zhee, zhee’s” that he dropped
    at abstruse “Outback Poetry Club.”

    If you think this comment was easy,
    Kangaroo swears it was hop!
    Great poem, I really enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (4/24/2013 12:13:00 PM)

    Diane, only from your pen can such superb poems happen.! I enjoyed reading the entire poem- particularly the last three lines! (Report) Reply

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