HEATWAVE; Australia, January 2013

Todays sermon is late coz it’s too damn hot to think or move. Torresian Crow

Heatwave. January 2013


It was a harsh land after all.

A Land of Flames and Flood

Ashes and Mud,

and the usual burnt sacrifices

supplying their caked and blackened blood.

The greasy smoke ascended to the heavens,

“It is pleasing to my nostrils” saith the Lord,

but no..wait..that was

some other desert

some other dreamtimes’ god.

Here the ancestors moulded the land

with loving hands of Fire and Water,

shaped it with Storm, hardened it in flames

like the tip of a spear.

Even now, beneath the soft, black carpet

a new generation of seeds germinated,

exploding into life from the kiss of Flame.

Joyous in the heat,

the cicadas sing their insane chorus,

their shrill song erupts around me

deafening, ecstatic, eternal.

Above the crows laugh loudly, lording it,

they’ve seen it all before,

Fire has no terror for them

Wahn, their trickster ancestor, stole the first fire anyway

blackening his wings in the process

and now they just croak sardonically

and flap away to somewhere else

leaving the rest of us to our fate.


It was a harsh Land after all, and ancient.

It was just that the human inhabitants

clustered around the edges,

found it hard to remember sometimes,

when the air-conditioning was on.






The Reverend Hellfire is a practising Performance Poet and an ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanists AND the Church of the Universe.

Dig it.



~ by reverendhellfire on January 13, 2013.

4 Responses to “HEATWAVE; Australia, January 2013”

  1. Good one! Loved the bit about the crows.

    • Thanks. There’s lots of good stories about the crow trickster-ancestor Wahn.I like the one where he convinces the pelican tribe that he’s a pelican too so that he can bludge food off them.

  2. Seems to be an ample supply of crow tricksters & fake pelicans about…

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