A Warm March Day In South Western Victoria

The day is warm and sunny the paddocks brown and dry
The locusts in their billions flying in the southern sky
They are in plague proportions they strip the paddocks bare
Because of them they are financially poorer the farmers are aware
A March day in south western Victoria near the City of Warrnambool
Teenage girls and boys are swimming in a dark Merri River pool
The weather very warm for the Autumn of the year
With a warm breeze from the ocean the sunny sky is blue and clear
Looking like an Indian Summer the aging man does say
The weather glass is at a high it is thirty degrees today
The long range weather forecast in it has little rain
The creeks flowing in a trickle and bone dry every drain
And the locusts in their billions flying in the southern sky
They strip the paddocks bare of grass leaving the exposed ground cracked and dry.

by Francis Duggan

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