Ode to Blazeaid

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

Some­day they’ll ask me, what did BlazeAid do?

I know that I’ll smile as I think of you.

Sure you fixed our fences but there is more, you see

You ac­tu­ally helped us re­pair our com­mu­nity

When we felt washed up and did not think we would stay

You put on your mud boots and showed us the way.

You’ve cleaned up our fences and mucked out the shed,

You fought off black snakes and things that we dread,

You cleared our fields and when we felt blue,

You gave us courage to work on through.

There were proud farm­ers, loath to ac­cept char­ity

So they sent in beef killers and pork­ers for free

The butch­ers pitched in, to make sure you’re fed

And all of this time, the baker do­nated your bread.

We got tonnes of pump­kins, onions and car­rots too

And pal­lets of food­stuff sent to feed you.

There was money and tools and gad­gets ob­tuse

But we hon­oured the gifts and we put them to use.

We baked you pud­dings and bis­cuits too,

And cooked up dumplings and “what­ever” stew,

We made lasagne and shep­herd’s pie

You saved our pecans and put hay stacks up high.

We had camp fires and hungis and bar­be­cues

And roast meals with tri­fle and cheese­cakes too.

You are early to rise and early to bed

And our job was sim­ply to make sure you’re fed.

You are not young folk but you’re not old too

If we seek ex­am­ple – we could fol­low you.

As you pre­pare to leave us and drive round the bends

Just know that we love you and miss you, our friends.

We’ve done us proud to come this far

Ever since the floods, to where we are,

Side by side, upon our land,

We worked away, and it was grand.

So, travel safe, folks and come back some year,

For Monto will miss you and be glad you were here.



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