Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

Fields in Flood

For weeks now the wind has been keening,

cascading its tears into creeks

sobbing small streams into torrents,

the torrents now springing small leaks.


Around us the rivers are rising,

wet-fisted they break sodden banks,

huddling the sheep in their paddocks,

drowning the grass round their shanks.


Floodwaters bury the highway

choking the freight and the fields

and pelicans thunder the sky-way,

casting their rods and their reels.


Some tricky words there. I wonder if you understood them all?

Keening – crying.

Torrent – is a fast moving stream.

Sodden – soaked through.

Shanks – legs.

Freight – goods carried by trucks.

6 thoughts on “Fields in Flood

  1. I like this poem it’s pretty good I like it it’s really interesting make loads more poems for me there fun to read. And I really like this one field flood what a good name

    • Hi Ella, I will certainly try to write a lot more poems for you to read. Maybe one day, you can try writing one, too? They can be lots of fun to write. Bye Alys

    • Hi Emma, I’m so glad you liked the poem and I think you are very lucky to have a creek at home! Bye Alys

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