The paddocks were sodden,
each hoof print a puddle that
rippled and overflowed with every
driblet of water that fell from stony skies.
The excess swept over the grass,
blades bent beneath the heavy weight,
and slowly the water forged a path
down the hill.
A deluge the colour of clay,
with the unmistakeable fragrance of
cow shit and mud,
poured across the gravel road
just below Prior’s farm
in a rush to reach the swollen creek
which had long breached its banks.
Avid eyes and bright smiles watched
from the safety of the farmhouse windows,
because we knew the school bus
would never get through.
And Mum worried about practical things
as Dad shifted stock to higher grounds,
but at least the water tank was full.