Words & Music: Pat Drummond (3.47)
The Road To Omeo/Acceptable Losses
For Mikla Lewis, Jeff Angel, Valerie Thurlow,
and all those who founded and work for WIRES
(Wildlife Rescue Service)
Dateline: Alpine National Park Omeo, Victoria
On The Road to Omeo
that's where she lost her life
The thing was huge she could not move
blinded by the light
A rush of wind, a whimpering,
a final flash of pain
Warm blood on the bitumen
and death in a table drain
Chorus: Now sightless eyes stare out into a
till the meat ants dance their dance
again on her in the morning light.
On bones picked clean they leave no
of ecstasy or pain;
warm blood on the bitumen
and death in a table drain.
On a patch near Granite Flat
She was born and partly raised.
She grew on National Parkland grass
the stock had never grazed.
A velvet face, the speed and grace
so natural to her kind but
a speed, in fact, that was no match
for the thing that ran behind.
Acceptable Losses. Accorded no crosses,
and if we ever count the cost
The case is run for the damage done.
Never for the ones that are lost
Acceptable Losses. Accorded no crosses.
Tell me, what is an acceptable loss?
It's not a term that I've heard used
by those whose lives are lost.
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