John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
Nature and the Environment
Firstly, let me welcome you to the porch. New and old visitors alike. Pull up a chair, get comfortable, and make yourself at home.
I have had requests for a diverse range of topics since starting this series 'Poems From the Porch' but by far the most requested are subjects relating to nature, climate and the environment. It just shows that these are things people really care about and want to learn more about and protect.
There are only two poems this week but they are very worthy topics and fall into the above category of Nature and the Environment.
Sad to say I don't get to comment every week because I'm not always able to check in on Mondays these days...that said, I want to add my own request to your list, and hope you can get to it in the next couple weeks or so. I'd very much like it if you wrote a piece about snow in Australia. I think that'd be grand.
— Greg Cain
Snowfall in Australia
Snowfall in Australia,
Those two words are rarely spoke
Except on Mt. Kosciuszko,
And the southern mountain slopes.
From the Victorian ‘High Country’
To ‘Snowy Mountains’ New South Wales,
And also in Tasmania,
There are snow-covered slopes to scale.
There are Perisher and Thredbo,
Charlotte Pass, Mt. Buller too,
Falls Creek and Mt. Hotham
Ski resorts to name a few.
Perisher is the biggest resort
In the Southern Hemisphere.
It’s a secret winter wonderland
Where it snows three months a year.
Snow-gums line the ski slopes -
Nowhere else in the world.
The Skiing World Cup of 69
Was won by Aussie Malcolm Milne.
Snow falls from June to August
And at odd times outside that,
But I’ve never set foot in the snow
And neither has my cat.
For I’m from the north in Queensland
That’s called ‘The Sunshine State.’
Snow is not seen in these parts
And for most people that’s great.
We never have to shovel snow
Or drive a car with chains.
But we’ve never built a snowman
Or played snowball-fighting games.
We’ve never made snow_angels
Or skated on lakes of ice,
So these are things we miss out on
Although warm weather’s nice.
I guess it’s more like Florida
As far as climate goes.
In the tropics and sub-tropics,
So too warm for any snow.
Perhaps one year I’ll venture south,
Down Kosciuszko way,
And be the ‘Man From Snowy River,”
If only for a day.
Word Prompt: Majestic
"The word prompt this week is "Majestic".
I will keep providing this article in the HubPages feed so everyone has a chance to post their creations.
So grab your pen, tablet, or whatever and get creative. Don't forget to have some fun.
I am anxious to read your work."
Majestic ~ having or showing impressive beauty or scale
— Oxford Dictionary
We often say “Your Majesty”
To refer to Kings or Queens.
Though a better use of the term
Is Nature’s majestic scenes.
Majestic are the mountains,
Peaks reaching for the sky.
Majestic are the oceans,
So deep and oh so wide.
Majestic are the deserts,
Vast dunes of burning sands.
Majestic are the continents,
All created by God’s hands.
Majestic are the rivers,
That run from north to south,
Or east to west across the land
From mountains to the mouth.
Majestic are Earth’s wonders,
The Amazon Rain Forest,
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef,
And the Aurora Borealis.
There’s the Victoria Falls in Zambia,