. Where meagre rains are tinted red From dust the Western winds have borne, The publican to stranger said: “We’re fortunate that here is shorn A class of wool unique in hue— The pre-dyed fleece of Station View. “And as for boundary fence and post That creeping sand is wont to reach; Their disappearance lets us boast Possession of an inland beach— Devoid of water (that is true), But few can swim in Station View. “The spinifex is not a pest As most outsiders seem to think, Because its tumbling from the West Draws lonesome cowboys in to drink; And that’s what keeps our town afloat— The whisky sales these weeds promote. “And though our buildings look rundown To those who favor formal brick, We cultivate a trend in town That tends towards a shabby chic; Where peeling paint is a la mode, And faint the praise for bland abodes. “The frill neck races in the spring— Now that’s a sport of boundless thrills! To see them run around the ring On skinny legs, displaying frills, Brings tears of joy and Cheshire grins; Especially if your lizard wins! “Astronomy, you’ll be amazed, Is all the rage on cloudless nights; When homemade telescopes are raised By locals spying Martian lights— Seen redder here than cherry pie Thanks to our gritty, ferrous sky. “What’s that? I’m just a mental case! This town’s an unremitting dump! For you, we’ll very gladly place An extra hairy nettle clump Inside your city-fitted britches. Then, as you flee, beset by itches, We’ll say: ‘One less to share our riches!’” . Frill neck: the Frill Neck Lizard, or Frilled Lizard, is a species in the family Agameida. These striking creatures are endemic to northern Australia and New Guinea. Spinifex: a genus of perennial coastal plants in the grass family. This is one of the most common plants growing in sand dunes along the coast of Australia. . . .David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry.