Ransacking Snow-Making Aussie Church

Glorious Victorian Alps
‘O Mount Stirling,
Thank thee
Snow gums,
Ageless secrets

Currawong calls
Cockatoo gangs
Elegant flaming robins
(My BFFs!),
Spring snow gum flushing
Regal red ribbons
Burly broad-leafed ascenders,
The High Country keepers!

Intensely minty woollybutts
(Have you hugged one lately?)
Snow gum sentinels,
Complex fiery system
Seed / lignotuber strategists,
Unrelenting climate firestorms
Thrice quarter-century,
Far-off adaptability.

Crown Corporation
Clearfelling precipitous slopes,
Demolishing woollybutt native forests,
Increasing flammability
Begetting future
Climate hellfires,
Hurrying extinction!

Sooty white-faced owls
Yellow bellied fluffy gliders
Endangered alpine streaming stoneflies
Electro-billed platypuses
Southern water ambushing skinks
Rock-wallaby mountaineers
Muscular marsupial wombats
Renowned lyrebird musical impersonators
Laughing kookaburras
Melodious carolling magpies
Wonderful wedge-tailed eagles, others
Our kith & kin,
Habitat be damned!

Obliterating woollybutts
Supreme carbon storehouses,
Destructive wood pellets
Humongous Chinese
Inferno combustors,
Barbecuing the World!

Premier Daniel Andrews,
Lily D’Ambrosio
Environment Wrecker,
Steep slope logging
Law changers,
Extinction hasteners,
Vote neoliberal elitists
Outta office!

Defend snow-making chapels,
Circuit Road woollybutt blockades,
Earthly heaven under siege,
Last straw.
For whatever comes!

© 2022 Reese Halter

Agitate. Disrupt. Defend.

Reese Halter conducting snow gum root physiology research on Mount Stirling, Victorian Alps, circa 1993. Image Credit Catherine Spring.

Reese Halter

Reese Halter is a bees/trees/seas defender.
Unearthly Wails is a special edition, a collection of poetry
illustrated by renowned Ojibwa artist Terry McCue.
Email: HalterBooks@gmail.com to order

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