Mark Clark

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Mark Clark is an Aussie songwriter, scriptwriter, voice over, author and drama coach. He was Pip in the ABC's version of Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians.

The Gift of Ra

The rain comes down upon the planet

And all around the trees luxuriate-

Roots delving deep'

Drinking full from the soils cup.


Winter's dull squat

And the black birds aloft

Crying for moisture.


Light aircraft blink through their windscreen eyes

Above the bitumened earth

Where water bubbles and splutters

And falls into gutters

Which the drains gobble up without protest.


Across the street

A telegraph pole triumphantly holds

His precious, drooping wet cables

And powers the light by which I write.

He rots more slowly than the eye may discern

Beneath the pitiless late winter rain.

Next summer he will bake

Beneath the archer sun

Who will crack his bow

At the parched, enduring wood.


Schools out

And the infants pass in noisy parade

Dodging the droplets

For they are young

And foolish enough

To know the truth about rainy days.

They are the gift of Ra

The God of the Sun

Who provides such days

To keep us washed and spun.


Date written: Winter 1984