On Christmas Day In Coastal South Western Victoria

On Christmas Day in south western Victoria it is thirty five degrees
And it is even warm in the shade of the trees
Though the paddocks scenting sweetly of freshly mowed grass for hay
To be out of doors it is not a very nice day

We have had not any rain worth talking of for at least some while
Which does not give the local farmers any reason for to smile
On the potato fields the water irrigators are going overnight
A few hours of heavy rain now would be a welcoming sight

For the local gardeners and farmers after a very dry Spring
The early Summer very warm which is not a good thing
For fruit trees and crops the dry earth is in need of rain
On ground starved of moisture for them no financial gain

For many weeks El Nino the thirsty one has been around
Sucking every drop of moisture out of the dry ground
With a dry and humid wind blowing up from Gormans Bay
In Coastal south western Victoria it is a warm Christmas Day.

by Francis Duggan

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