Drovers diary, The fence

Along the fence, I drove , checking for breaks,
All the while dodging the emus and snakes,

up in the distance I saw hanging there,a sheep trussed up and just dangling where,

He had got himself caught in the strands of the wire,
all four legs up .He couldnt get much higher!

I tried to release him and grabbed at his wool,he bit my ear and gave it a pull.

Tears in my eyes and howling with pain,
I gave him a shake, but nothing did gain.

Nothing much for it but to cut the wire,
Bad idea, I found out to my ire.
The whole lot coiled up and swallowed me whole.
Leaving the sheep laying upside down in a hole.

So as I hung just dangling in the air,
the sheep walked off, not giving a care!
and there I lay coiled while an emu casually parted my hair!

I ,m sure as hell now , gotta get out of this twitch,while hard to get bits are starting to itch!The ants have found me, amazingly quick

and having a party just having a pick.

As they march off carrying bits of my body,
I realise now that my work was quite shoddy.
Wriggling only made things worse,
as I kicked at a lizard and uttered a curse.
Now, where are the cutters? I started to wonder,
while off in the distance I heard thunder.

I spose you think now about a lightening strike? ..as I twanged and thrummed hanging in the breeze,
but it just might bring those ants to their knees!
Along came the boss, the emu he wacked,
and he turned round to me and he said, “Your sacked”
you buggered me fence and just hang around,
as he cut all the wires I fell to the ground!

This is the one that started it all!
Adrian Kent

Drovers diary, The fence


Under the Stars, Australia

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This is the first I wrote in the series.

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