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Poetry By: Philip Roberts
Literary fiction

Written November 2008 thgis deals with floods in Queensland at that time. Tragically, just over 2 years later, there are horrific floods in Queensland again. The incident witrh the race horse is true.

Submitted:Jan 21, 2011    Reads: 22    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

Hellish winter nights
Queensland in late November,
Barely a fortnight from summer
Coming, we hope (?), in December.

Hellish November storms
Tearing apart old
Brisbane Town,
Ripping apart a sporting arena
Tearing entire suburbs down.

Lightning, rain, and thunder
Light the night sky like a fireworks display,
Bringing delight to many, until
They see the carnage in the light of day.

Whole suburbs have been blown away
A racehorse killed by lightning,
In daylight no-one sees delight
But find the chaos frightening.

Thousands now are homeless
Trying to survive the storms of spring,
Living in the flooded streets
Or on rooftops from which they cling.

Hellish winter nights
As bad as anyone can remember,
Striking not in July or August
But towards the last days of November.

© Copyright 2011
Philip Roberts


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