The snow fell slowly; soft and white.
Building up on freezing ground.
It didn't stop through day or night.
Hiding all and muffling sound.
The sun shone down on the African plain.
The trees and the grass were short of fresh rain.
Giraffes munched slowly from tall thorn bushes.
Hippos in the pool were hid by rushes.
There was a time when might was right
When land was seized and peasants killed
To stay alive you had to fight
Just as your tribal leader willed
Before there were men, or monkeys or mice.
Before the first cow, sheep or goat.
When none of the Earth was covered in ice.
When few creatures had a fur coat.
The moon orbits us as we orbit the sun.
The planets do too and the web is spun.
A comet is mostly out in the Kuiper belt.
I came home tired from work and late
And found we had increased by one
A dog had fallen at our gate
As for an owner - there was none
The festive season’s here once more
The snow will soon be deep
The squirrels gather nuts to store
And dormice go to sleep
The holidays are over and now we’re back at school
The days are getting shorter and it is getting cool
The blackberries have ripened and harvest time has come
The corn is cut and gathered for it is now autumn
One day the volcano erupted without warning
It continued all night and the following morning
It shot out great flames and spat out ash, rocks and lava
This flowed down the slopes to the cottages and harbour
Lonely, longing and in lust
But needing someone I can trust
Not just for a year or two
But for my life the whole way through