[Editor: This is a poem from Beyond the City Gates: Australian Story & Verse (1923) by Jack Moses.]
Don’t Growl at the Puddles
Some people they growl at the beautiful rain;
It sweetens the ground and brings up the grain.
If the rain ceased to fall and the rivers ran dry,
The birds and the flowers and the stock would all die.
It’s the sun and the rain that make the world grand —
They freshen, and brighten and nourish the land;
So don’t growl at the puddles you see in the street,
Or the mud on your boots that cover your feet;
But think of the cabbage that comes from the soil,
The pork and the beans and the ’taters you boil;
Then answer this question, it’s simple and plain:
How would you bath if you never got rain?
Jack Moses, Beyond the City Gates: Australian Story & Verse, Sydney: Austral Publishing Co., 1923, page 70
Previously published in:
The Grenfell Record and Bland and Lachlan Districts Advertiser (Grenfell, NSW), 16 September 1920, p. 2
’taters = potatoes
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