Life Lines: Lyrics from the Garden and the Farm
Old Fence Post Wal
One legged Wal was a big Barnie male
Who won his fight with a young bush fox
When he ripped its eye, and then shook
Free: but lost his limb on the way.
Old Wal still stood on his fence post leg
And hopped around the yard for his grain,
Then flew to his perch on the garden gate
To crow from his throne for the day.
The kids would feed old one legged Wal with
Brown bread crusts they had soaked in milk, or
Would slip him sausage, or a sardine sandwich, or
Greens they had filched from their dinner plate.
So Wal grew fat as the years passed by – then grew, at last
Too fat to fly - so he spent his nights by the kitchen porch
Under cover: closer to his food. But then one night the fox came
Back to find our Wal quite old, yet fat: and that, was that!