Mr Johnson's Windmill
On the slopes and plains of New South Wales where the hills go rolling by,
In a paddock on Mr Johnson' farm there is a windmill reaching high.
The reason for a windmill is sometimes not quite clear,
Yet it's really of high value for every farmer near.
With every breeze and gust of wind it spins and spins around,
To move the water through the pipes up from the ground.
It brings the water to the troughs, a drinking source for many.
For every cow and sheep and horse, it makes sure they have plenty.
Now every time you see a windmill on the slopes and plains,
Remember that it's not jus there for looks or for games.
by Jessica Hislop
Black Cockatoo and the Curlew
Up into the mountains the youth hike
To learn lessons that the elders invite.
The undergrowth can get quite dense
To disguise and hide all inhabitants.
A hideous shriek echoes across mountain tops
All pause to seek the source of this mournful yelp.
The unsettled hikers made camp that night
Elders sharpened nerves with stories to fright.
A scream seen bedlam reign at midnight
Camp was abandoned as all fled into the night.
Black Cockatoo's screech is an echo's delight
Curlew's bloodcurdling call does its work at night.
These culprits of bedlam surveyed the valley floor
Seeing the abandoned camp from the night before.
Black Cockatoo and Curlew gathered that morning to say
'Right O, who's next to be sent scurrying on their way?'
by Cliff Foley
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