Savin’ Country Face

by Bianca C 18 days ago in vintage

By: Bianca Childs

Savin’ Country Face
Photo by Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash

"Savin' Country Face"

He puts on a brave face

And faces yet another day

But nothing has changed

He feels his hope continue to fray

He puts on a brave face

As he checks the level in the tank

But the stick comes up dry

As dry as the barren river bank

He puts on a brave face

As his wife rations the last of the drinking water

He glances at the tiny dirt stained feet

Of his clueless baby daughter

He puts on a brave face

As he calls for another tanker

Another debt in the books

Another call from some city banker

He puts on a brave face

As he holds his wife tight to his chest

Working the land is meant to be tough

But what is this relentless test?

He puts on a brave face

As he padlocks the boundary gate

Loading his entire life into his beat up ute

He isn't sure of their fate

— Bianca Childs 2019

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