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They were gathered round the billabong
to try to work things out
but all that was being emitted was
a right Caxton of sounds

All were jabber, jabber
and some pushing going on
jostling each other for space
none wanting to be left out

At last the wallaby said
whoa, stop I say STOP 
and quiet finally fell
Lets give the chair to cockatoo

He can perch up high 
from where he can 
keep things moving
so watch for his signal

Cockatoo opened the meeting
and first called on Dingo
you get everywhere Dingo
what have you heard?

Dingo says I heard the humans
they are going to cut down
the blue ridge forest
and build many houses there

That can not happen
it is our home
we will have to work together
if we band we can delay their work

So the animals agreed on a plan
the big animals would sit in the roads
slowing the trucks down
While the monkeys would hide their tools

Snakes would wrap their bodies
around the marked trees 
while the birds and parrots 
the workers they would bomb

All this drove the foreman to despair
the work fell further and further behind
We could build netted fences
but that only stops the large animals

The Wet will be on us 
in less than a month
if the land is still un-cleared
all work will come to a stop   

I think we need to reconsider
and turn the Blue Ridge mountains
into a reserve for them all
there are plenty of other places

Where we can build
that do not have many animals
lets leave them the ridges
then we and our children

Will have a sanctuary
to come and watch these fighters
they have shown us the errors
not all land should be built on

At the next meeting
Dingo told them you are safe
your homes will be left untouched
all we all have to do is show our faces

Pose for the odd photo
amuse with a few tricks
and in return
we can live in peace

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  1. Date: 3/2/2015 9:11:00 PM
    G'day Shadow... Unfortunately up the top end, the cane toads are destroying more of our native animals than humans have ever done. And also your poem reminds me so much on the battle to stop clearing native bush in Queensland to save the koala. Not having a corridors of bush is proving fatal to them in most areas. Thanks again Shadow - Lindsay

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 3/2/2015 11:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    had totally forgotten about this one nice to see it again Lindsay yes I have heard about the cane toads very poisonous and very devastating to nature ty hugs
  1. Date: 3/13/2014 8:21:00 AM
    What a great story. A couple small changes. Verse 7 linen 4 change had to can. Last verse first line change poise to pose.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 3/13/2014 11:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ok done ty Rick hugs
  1. Date: 3/11/2014 6:10:00 AM
    - Hooray for the animals - Maybe we humans have something to learn from the animals - Friendship and peace ... - - (I think of all the "crap" we "puke" on the blog pages here on the "soup") - Really nice to read your positive poem Shadow :) - Have a great day - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 3/11/2014 6:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    when we stop learning it is time for the final curtains Anne Lise more important I feel is what we do with what we learn ty hugs