Drought/Lagoon – Introduction

Back in 2006, Leanne and I were living in a rural city – Shepparton – mostly known for being an orchard centre, fruit processing and historically as the home of the Furphy.

At that time, Victoria was in the grip of a once in a lifetime drought, to the point where it was feared our capital city – Melbourne – was at risk of running out of water. Hard to believe at a time, today, when our water storages are high and water is again plentiful.

We used to go for walks with our dog – Leelu – daily in parkland over the road from where we lived, which ran along the banks of the Broken River and a lagoon system that adjoined it.

I found the situation of the drought and our daily observation of the lagoons compelling, as well as occasionally distressing, and soon found myself penning incessantly about what I saw or heard or experienced.

In the end, I had material equal to a chapbook plus, but felt I had no real direction available to me to use the material. The rains came, and we all wanted to look forward.

And yet …

This page introduces the collection Drought/Lagoon. Poem #1 follows, and I’ll connect #1 to #2 and so on. I hope you enjoy reading what is a grim reality of weather and water and consequences.

The first poem is: Lagoon #1

6 thoughts on “Drought/Lagoon – Introduction

    • Yes, it’s a grim fascination, isn’t it.

      At present we’re in flood over here. Hard to contemplate that time so few years ago with the present time, where we wish for rain to go away.

      Such is weather, I guess.

      I wish you some of our surplus.




  1. We have had some drought conditions here( southern Ontario Canada) this summer accompanied with record heat. But we have had some rain now getting into the fall. We live in the country and have a well for water so I was a bit worried this summer. Also last winter there was very little snow. So overall it has been dry. In 1990 we went to Australia with our kids who were then 2 and 4 and drove the whole way round ( 26,000 k) . I remember the center as being very very dry. But it was a wonderful trip and we loved the country and the people we met.

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    • Hi Anne.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’d love to have opportunity to look around Canada in the way you did, but I’m not much of a traveler these days and it probably won’t happen.

      Our drought in the mid-2000’s was as bad as most people could recall, and it got a bit gruesome at times, particularly for folk in the country. Many rural suicides.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      Best luck with your weather and water.



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    • Hi Marts,

      Thank you. I confess I’m enjoying (with a little trepidation) being re-exposed to these moments from a few years back.

      Capturing a memory in this way certainly makes it vivid, and some elements I can almost reach out and touch.

      Thanks again, I’m glad it’s coming across well.




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