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A July Night In The Country Town

The rumble of thunder in the darkened sky
And the barn owl utters it's familiar shrill cry
As above the town park to the tall trees nearby
On silent wings the nocturnal hunter does fly
The darkened clouds open the rain buckets down
Clattering on the galvanize roofs of the town
The thunder shower ceases and in the chill of the night
The male possums on the gum trees do snarl as they fight
A typical wintery night in July
The breeding spur wing plovers above the park cry
They do not rest at night with young or eggs to defend
At this time of year to them none is a friend
Stormwater flowing on the streets drains of the town
Where cars and trucks to and from the big city do pass up and down.

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