We’ve seen what a vengeful old planet can do
when it chooses to mount an attack.
The sky is no longer a pure sheet of blue
but a vile, toxic blanket of black.
These raging infernos have beggared belief
as they’ve flaunted their merciless force
and all round the world we’re united in grief
over trauma they’ve wrought in their course.
We mourn for the people who’ve already died
for the lives ripped apart at the seams,
for all the communities sadly denied
any chance of fulfilling their dreams.
The loss of our livestock and wildlife as well
has created a harrowing void
and as for the creatures surviving this hell,
their homes in the bush are destroyed.
It’s ever so hard to express the despair
that engulfs us right down to the core.
But we Aussies are tough and, as one, we’ll prepare
for whatever may next lie in store.