flood of tears
searching for dry land
I am an Australian poet, writer, blogger, psychologist, wife, mother of two children, autism and environmental advocate, and mad animal lover
Australian poetry, Bundaberg flood 2013, Gabrielle Bryden, haiku, poem, poetry
February 9, 2013 at 6:47 am
Note: photo is edited from a photo on social media.
February 9, 2013 at 6:54 am
nuddernote: these horses were rescued by some lovely blokes in a boat (just some of the many local heroes who went above and beyond the call of duty) :)
February 9, 2013 at 9:14 am
strong emotions tempered with creative force; potent combination
February 10, 2013 at 10:05 am
Thank Ku Brad ;)
February 9, 2013 at 11:17 am
It has been heartbreaking to watch from here Gabe… so much loss.
February 10, 2013 at 10:07 am
Yes! I was relieved that Brissie and Ipswich didn’t cop the same force as last time but Bundy was worse for some strange reason (2 metres over the 2011 flood). Every school in Bundaberg was delayed for a week, and some that got flooded were delayed for longer.
February 9, 2013 at 11:46 am
It is heart breaking the destruction that floods can wreak.My heart goes out to everyone affected. But I also worry about the animals as they are so dependent (at times like this) on people helping them when they can’t get out of situations or can’t flee without assistance. Lovely to read that those horses in the pic were rescued. Emotive poem Gabrielle.
February 10, 2013 at 10:10 am
Thanks Helen. Yes, I really feel for the helpless animals (though cats I must admit are quite adaptive it would seem – at least they can climb and have access to food like mice and birds). Many people refused the first evacuation order even though they had animals and then the 2nd time they were forced to go, their animals were not allowed on the helicopters!
February 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm
Oh my…this looks really bad! Are you okay?
February 10, 2013 at 10:12 am
We are fine Charles – thanks :) The water was at least 2 storeys high in places – two shopping centres went under nearly to the top.
February 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Well put, Gabe.
thanks adeeyoyo :)
February 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm
I’m pretty speechless at the moment, you said so much with such brevity. I am SO glad you mentioned the horses were rescued. I’m imagining them now in a nice lush green paddock with me hanging off their necks lol. So glad the worst is over. Lots of work ahead, hope the Govt pitches in for the long haul. xo
February 10, 2013 at 10:14 am
One good thing about all the water – the paddocks are a ‘nice lush green’ so the horses have plenty of feed Lily ;) I felt so sorry for the horses – some got flooded, and some got caught in the 3 tornadoes the town copped as well (in Bargara and Burnett Heads).
February 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm
Hope all is still okay with you and yours, Gabrielle.
February 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm
All is fine dashingmetro ;) haha – you got caught up in spam their for a moment!
February 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Well encapsulated, Gabe.
February 12, 2013 at 10:01 am
thanks bb :) I do enjoy a good encapsulation!
February 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm
Hope you’re all ok. Awful to think of the desolation caused, Gabrielle..
February 12, 2013 at 10:02 am
Thanks Kate :) We are all fine – a delay to school start and a week stuck in the house and no way to get to the shops, but we had electricity and supplies and we didn’t get flooded – so we are very lucky.
February 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm
February 12, 2013 at 10:17 am
Aww thanks Geoff (ps. you got swallowed into spam for a moment – not sure why!)
February 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm
Hope things are getting better there, Gabrielle. I’ve been thinking of you and your family.
February 19, 2013 at 9:04 am
Thanks Renee :) The clean-up has come a long way – just amazing how much can be done so quickly (an army of helpers, both volunteers and professionals).
February 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm
Wonderful ku, Gabrielle, one of my favs of yours!
February 19, 2013 at 9:05 am
Thanks Ashley – I changed the first line slightly from ‘flood of emotion’ to ‘flood of tears’ – not sure which one works better.
March 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm
I like tears because it’s more specific? :)
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