It’s in the roaring of the surf,
the splashing of beachy frolics in the waves.
It’s in the thudding of the drops
on the corrugated iron roof,
the drip, drip, drip from the drainpipe.
It’s in the splish, splish sploshing
of dancing in puddles after a drought,
in the tears of laughter giving thanks for rain.
It’s in the gurgle of a new-born baby;
It’s the stuff of life we can’t do without.
The quencher of thirst.
A cloud burst; a deluge to top up the dam,
to fill our reservoirs and flood our stormy hearts.
That sound of roaring surf
and the splashing of beachy frolics in the waves.
Our forever Australian summer.
Warren Paul Glover is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and actor living in Sydney. Born in England, he holds a BA Hons in Sociology and worked in research and policy for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Royal College of Nursing in London for a number of years, before his move to Scotland to take a Masters in Global Health and Public Policy at Edinburgh University. Pre term, he also took some short courses in poetry, fiction and screenwriting, to the extent that he deferred his Masters to concentrate on writing full-time. Moving to Sydney in 2010, a course in playwriting at the Griffin Theatre Company has been followed by plays performed in Australia, the UK and US. Most recently his poetry has appeared in the UK’s ‘Poetry24’ and ‘Sentinel Literary Quarterly’ and, in the US, in ‘Please See Me’, all online.
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