JANDOWAE based writer Robert Kelly has encapsulated the feelings of a community in a poem written this week.

Mr Kelly told the Dalby Herlad he was inspired to write the poem after seeing the impacts the drought was having on his community.

 

Just a drop of rain

 

Sorry Lord to bother you,

 

But here I'm asking again,

 

If you could send just a little drop,

 

Just a little drop of rain.

 

 

My cattle are all dying,

 

The crops already dead,

 

Struggling to find some money,

 

To keep my family fed.

 

 

Last year I had good corn,

 

With the drought comes the dry,

 

I have let my dear family down,

 

And I feel like I could die.

 

 

The banker he is here right now,

 

He's closing up my gate,

 

And Pollie's saying the funding,

 

Is "Too little and too late".

 

 

I tend the ground, I plant some crop,

 

But it is all in vain,

 

If we don't get just a little drop,

 

Just a little drop of rain.

 

 

Wishing for something to grow,

 

No nutrients to be found,

 

All I see is a huge dust bowl,

 

For many miles around.

 

 

Some give up, others give in,

 

Whilst few continue to fight,

 

We work our hands right to the bone,

 

Until late into each night.

 

 

Hay Angels are just up my road,

 

I can see them very plain,

 

But their feed won't last that long,

 

Without just a little drop of rain.

 

 

So here I am on bended knee,

 

My hope and faith has withered thin,

 

Storm clouds roll with thunder,

 

But not water on my skin.

 

 

For the sake of the lucky country,

 

Join with me in this refrain,

 

We need a drop, just a little drop,

 

Just a little drop of rain.

 

 

If you don't believe in God,

 

I ask that you try again,

 

To pray to him and ask for,

 

Just a little drop of rain.

Robert Kelly,

Jandowae writer


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