“Rain deer” by Walter de Jong

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Rain dear

In Australia, when it’s Christmas hot,

A farmer’s keen for a little drop

of rain from heaven, upon his roof,

of Santa’s gifts, he looks for proof

Then drumming starts above; he hears

his wife call out “It’s rain dear!”

Walter de Jong

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”Kookaburra” by Stephanie Boase

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Kookaburra sits

On a clothes line tall,

Carefully surveying

The urban sprawl.

 

Spying a movement

In the grass,

He swoops down swiftly.

Dinner at last!

 

Won’t you laugh kookaburra,

Laugh for me?

Your life is so much harder

Than it used to be.

 

 

“NOT IN GOOD SHAPE FOR CHRISTMAS” by James Aitchison

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I

am

sliding

down the

Christmas

tree sliding

far t o o fast

I

am

sliding

down the

Christmas

tree watch me

s a i l i n g past

I

am

sliding

down the

Christmas

tree through the

lights I’ll z o o m

I

am

sliding

down the

Christmas

tree TINKLE

SMASH AND BOOM

oh

no

what a

mess

 

   James Aitchison

”My Mother’s Horse Shoe Ring” by Katherine Gallagher

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My Mother’s Horse-shoe Ring

  (after Grace Nichols)

Sometimes when I see it

on my index finger 

I am reassured,

 

rub its ruby stone, her gift.

I need this small reminder

of her, its lucky charm

 

that catches me

like an itinerant fire

chipped from the sun.

 

©Katherine Gallagher

Published in Acres of Light  Arc Publications, 2016)

“Four Legs” by Penny Szentkuti

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Four Legs

 

Four legs and a tail 

it could be a dog.

Four legs and a croak?

That’s a frog!

Four legs and a hump –

it must be a camel.

Four legs and fur?

It’s some kind of mammal.

 

But four legs and a mane –

long legs for trotting,

strong galloping legs,

and a tail for fly swatting?

That’s easy now,

I know it of course!

That four legged friend

is a horse.

Penny Szentkuti

 

“Six Geese A Laying” By Kylie Covark

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Six Geese A Laying

 

Have you ever come across a goose who’s laid a nest of eggs?

I’ll tell you now you’d better hope you brought your running legs.

That goose will make a honking sound as loud as she can blast,

Then chase you far away from them; so furious and fast.

So it was hard to work out what my new true love was saying,

When he handed me a box containing six grey geese a laying.

It’s not a bit romantic, or thoughtful, sweet or fun,

To give someone a Christmas gift and then to scream out,

“Run!”

“Happy New Year MU69” by Celia Berrell with notes

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Notes

On the eighth day of Christmas (1st January), New Horizons (the space probe that took photos of dwarf planet Pluto back in July 2015) will be 6.6 billion kilometres from Earth, travelling at 14 kilometres per second, flying past a rock about 37 kilometres wide called 2014 MU69 (nick-named Ultima Thule) in the solar system’s Kuiper Belt.  If it doesn’t bump into anything on the way, we will receive images from its cameras just over six hours after they are taken.  This is an incredible technological adventure with cosmologically amazing consequences.  What an exciting way to start the New Year!

 

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2018/nh-ut-100days.html