The Hut

There were storm clouds in the mountains; a thing all up there fear,

so we picked up the pace a bit, can’t wait for this to clear.

Amid the rain we felt the sting as hailstones lashed our skin

we knew that somewhere up ahead was a pile of bark and tin

held up by spindly bush poles, twisted wire holds them fast;

a common way of building in times now long since past.

The sort of hut the drovers built or the miners long forgot

and though we knew ’twas flimsy, it was the safest spot.

For the men who built it lived here, survival ruled their day;

if they didn’t keep the weather out it’d suck their life away.

These days we all head to them; hiker and the drovers too

and most folk know their story and how their legend grew.

And one thing I can tell you, as you wander cross the plain

treat them like your own home cos from them we all gain.

When the cold comes in icy blasts; that’ll soon turn hail to snow

and the treachery of that blanket all who come here know.

Head to the safety made by Bushmen who once walked here too

and hunker by the fire and keep your Billy near to you.

About a foolhardy florilegium

Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri, quo me cumque rapit tempestas, deferor hospes.
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