Quiet and sleepy Adelaide
Known for its Christmas street parade,
Its avenues devoid of cars
Its many clubs and coffee bars
Its festival of arts and fringe
Its racetrack and other sporting things
Its leafy suburbs in the Hills
Its relaxed family style – no frills
Does not often “hit the spot”
In terms of news, for it does not
Have a Sydney Bridge or "Hanging Rock"
Or nightlife that raves round the clock.
But since yesterday its reputation
As the warmest city in the Nation
Has been surpassed as waves of heat
Make it the Planet’s hottest seat!
At over forty-six degrees
And scalded by a Northern breeze
The CFS* is overstretched
As the many bush fires now attest!
*Country Fire Service
(c) Poet in the woods 2014