TONY’S RED OCTOBER (or ‘Mad Monk as Firebug’)
It’s very early, very scary. Fires
Are ringing Sydney, mountains all ablaze:
Katoomba, southern ‘scarpment glowing red.
The bushfire season’s scarce begun! A week
Of film of women sobbing, standing shocked
Amid the ashes of their homes; and grim
Exhausted firemen snatching brief respite.
The scientists all agree that climate change
Has stoked these fires. Hot days are hotter; more
Severe and frequent heat waves; last twelve months
The hottest ever, this September too,
And summer last was hottest yet. Southeast
Of Oz is in the gun for years to come.
But our PM knows better, said the head
Of UN climate group was ‘talking through
Her hat’ in linking fires of Oz to man-
Made climate change. “We’ve always had the fires”
He said, “They’re just a part of living here,
Relax”. He’s right in one sense: used to worse
Bushfires we’ll need to fast become. The deeds
Of Abbott’s men will see to that; they want
To dump the Carbon Tax, have sacked Tim’s group
The Climate Council, want to ditch the rest
Of measures framed to help avert the Heat.
I think our kids and grandkids will look back
In anger, curse these men who killed the chance
To stop the warming, save the biosphere.