issue 24 > light verse > fenton
Don't Poo Poo the Dung Ho Migrantby Derek Fenton
Industrious dung beetle do you ever miss
the shadow of an elephant upon your back,
the reassuring cadence of a cobra's hiss
or friendly puff adders on a wildebeest track?
Do you find the dung here to be a little bland
with only roo, sheep and cattle to keep you fed?
In the west do you like the texture of the sand,
or would you rather thick red clay upon your head?
Does the song of magpies bring music to your ear
or does the go away bird haunt your tiny brain?
Do winter showers come at the right time of year
or do you prefer warm African summer rain?
"Why ask me such questions when I have work to do?
The only thing that concerns me is poo, poo, poo!"