Leaves Down Under are a threat
Disaster beckons when it’s wet
Roofs, barely sloping, meet the eye
Affording views when all is dry.
While native gums are always green,
Dried leaf litter’s often seen
Swirling crisply down the street
Backyards - alas - cannot stay neat.
Most homes - just one storey high
Are vast - with gutters that do try
To channel the torrential rain
Which can cause flash floods on the plain.
These sudden storms pelt down with force
A reminder, far too late of course,
That gutters should of leaves be clear
As blockages too soon appear!
In no time many overflow
Causing havoc down below
Wallpaper crinkles, carpets rot…
NO! Australia isn’t always hot!
(c) Poet in the woods 2016