Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Drought inspires poetry from outback grazier

Amy Phillips, Tuesday December 17, 2013 - 11:18 EDT
ABC image
Pushing mulga scrub with a bulldozer to drought feed sheep. - ABC

Cunnamulla grazier Tex Mazoudier's spending much of his time bulldozing mulga trees as a feed source for sheep affected by the Queensland drought.

The dry season is the inspiration for this untitled poem.

I sit on the dozer pushing scrub for the stock,
Hoping that soon this bloody drought will stop.
And as the stock string out in a steady graze,
The dozer walks through this hot and dusty haze.
I think of the people in their office jobs,
Oh, that's so mundane.
Their life, it doesn't matter if it's dry or if it rains.
All they care is that they're home on time,
to spend time with their family,
Oh that's so sublime.
They don't understand what goes on out here,
They just see it on Facebook, but it's just not really as clear.
They don't see stock dying or the roos dropping like flies,
They can only see what they can through their closed eyes.
But that's never mattered to us folks way out here,
We'll just give it our all and then sit down and enjoy a nice cold beer.
So here's to the day when the drought finally breaks,
And we can sit in the pub drinking rum with our mates.
But until that day when the rain finally shows up,
I'll just be out here on my dozer, just pushing scrub.


© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Outlook not great for SA firefighters

15:39 EDT

Conditions will not be favourable for fires burning north of Adelaide as warming temperatures, little rain and strengthening winds move across the region early next week.

Publican tells of "frightening" fire that swept through Olary

13:33 EDT

The publican in the South Australian town of Olary said historic buildings and cottages stood no chance against a fire that tore through the town.

Thunderstorms crack dawn in Darwin

13:10 EDT

A severe thunderstorm tore through Darwin early this morning, bringing damaging winds and heavy rainfall totals.