Arid land cracked and dry
Sunburned to the far horizon
Twisting breezes swirl and sigh
Withered stubble, dry ground glazing.
Bluetongue hides in Termite mound
Deep in shades awaits his prey
Watchful eyes survey the ground.
Around him, termites wend their way.
Dingo crouches digging deep
Seeking water for her brood
Months of drought dried the creek
Water seeps through the mud.
She stops, thereís movement near the tree
The smell of death lingers near,
A shadow crawls where none should be,
She hears the sound of dying fear.
The Bitch moves close to investigate,
Wallaby tries to turn and flee,
A growl and snapping teeth canít wait,
Scavengers gather for the feast.
Jaws locked tight around the neck,
Fresh blood satiates her thirst.
Back Crow flutters take a peck.
Goanna dives in to join the feast.
Sun sets across this barren land,
The Pack returns into the Den.
Rising moon, frost on the ground.
Come morn the theatre plays again.
Robin A Spicer © July 7, 2004
Bluetongue............Small Lizard found Australia wide
Dingo......Wild Dog. A hunter and scavenger.
Goanna...... Lizard of the Monitor family. Can grow to six feet in length, stand up to three feet high when running. Hunter and scavenger. Similar to Indonesian Dragon.
Wallaby... Small marsupial similar to a Kangroo, but around half the size.