Dreaming Stories...Episode Two
Tiddalik the bull-frog, fat and slow,
woke one morning with a thirst.
He drank and drank until the streams were dry
and everyone thought he would burst.
Yet still he drank up every puddle,
the ocean, the ponds and the lakes.
When there was no drop of water left in the world,
he put on the guzzling brakes.
Soon all the animals felt the pinch,
while the sun shone down from the sky;
creatures everywhere started to drop,
leaves were shrivelled and dry.
Wise old wombat told them the trick,
'Make him laugh so he opens his mouth;
then all the water will go where it should,
to the east, west, north and south.'
Days and days they tried and tried,
kookaburra told the funniest jokes.
Kangaroo and emu played leap-frog games,
echidna used his quills for quick pokes.
Goanna really made an ass of himself,
on two legs waddled around,
looking totally ridiculous;
but Tiddalik made not a sound.
Nabunum, the eel came up with an act,
twisted himself into knots;
So much effort, his eyes bulged out
and he started seeing spots.
Tiddalik smothered a giggle
and he laughed 'till water spouted forth;
It flowed all over the dry, dry earth,
to the south, east, west and north.
The whole episode had made him ill
and he never was so greedy again;
but bull-frogs tell us the water story
whenever it's going to rain.
To be continued...
It seems the story of Tiddalik
is told by many language groups
amongst Aboriginal nations.
The version I relate comes from Kullilla.
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