Into the town in fear they arrived
Desperate for something to drink.
These were the few that had somehow survived,
All barely able to think.
Tried their luck where sheep slated their thirst
And ranchers had shot those who dared,
Water so scarce that their sheep would come first
Thus, leaving the wildlife uncared.
Drought had been present for three years now
Artesian their only supply,
But now deep water source less would allow
Causing all kind thoughts to fly.
Tentatively now poor survivors came near
Eyeing town’s generous reserves,
Hot water from earth’s subterranean sea
In gigantic cooling preserves.
Seeing no danger, the wildlife looked round
Seeking a cooler supply.
Then at a distance the swimming pool found,
Thought that they’d give that a try.
Kangaroos, emus and dingos rushed in,
Morning swimmers received such a fright
To see all those animals painfully thin
The town people sad at their plight.
Town folk decided to care for them all
Providing their everyday need,
Then after drought broken the short and the tall
Returned with man less to be feared.
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