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A cockatoo in a dead tree

The 12 Days of Xmas (a rural point of view)

 

On the first day of Xmas, my dry land gave to me

A cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the second day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

Two mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 3rd day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

Three angry brown snakes,

two mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 4th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

Four hungry roos,

three angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 5th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

Five dry creek beds,

Four hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo on a dead tree.

 

On the 6th day of Xmas, my dry land gave to me

6 bores a-spluttering,

five dry creek beds,

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 7th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

7 pumps a-struggling,

6 bores a-spluttering, 5 dry creek beds,

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 8th day of Xmas, my dry land gave to me

8 mills a-creaking,

7 pumps a-struggling, 6 bores a –spluttering,

5 dry creek beds,

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 9th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

9 parrots squawking,

8 mills a-creaking, 7 pumps a-struggling, 6 bores a-spluttering,

5 dry creek beds,

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 10th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

10 ants a-swarming,

9 parrots squawking, 8 mills a –creaking, 7 pumps a-struggling, 6 bores a-spluttering

5 dry creek beds

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 11th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

11 mls a-raining

10 ants a-swarming, 9 parrots squawking, 8 mills a-creaking

7 pumps a -struggling, 6 bores a- spluttering,

5 dry creek beds,

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

and a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

On the 12th day of Xmas my dry land gave to me

12 frogs a –croaking

11 mls of raining, 10 ants a-swarming, 9 parrots squawking,

8 mills a –creaking, 7 pumps a-struggling, 6 bores a-spluttering

5 dry creek beds,

4 hungry roos, 3 angry brown snakes, 2 mangy wombats

And a cockatoo in a dead tree.

 

(Image attribution Quentin Blake)