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This land, where not a drop of rain has fallen for over a year and the ground, cross-hatched with deep cracks and dry fissures, lies baking in the blistering sun; where every puff of wind reorganizes the loose topsoil into rising and falling patterns, and each dessicated tree—if you can still find one standing—every withered bush, or dead clump of bleached grass, and even the land itself cries out for the smell of rain. We cry for you too; our tears the only moisture you will ever taste – you poor, worn out, dusty old rag of a place . . .

sheltered
between the stones
a tiny flower blooms

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Look all about you
as far as the eye can see,
how long has it been
since any rain has fallen
on this vast, drought ridden land?

Baked mounds of earth
cross hatched up and down,
cracks deep and wide
always brown, never green
aching for the smell of rain.

Dust is in the air
swirling gold and red
wherever we step,
blowing, scattering, shifting
with every breath of wind.

Call forth a rain dance
rend the heavens with prayers,
conjure up blackened clouds
and shout aloud to all who see
our pain and despair.
Australia is on its knees again
thirsting for life giving rain.

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