Someone told me once you can tell what the weather
Will be like by studying cows in a paddock.
If the cows are standing, so she said, there’d be
a good chance of rain, whereas if they are prostrate
You could count on fine weather. Or it might have been
The other way around. What a load of bull, I thought.
What if half are standing and half are lying down?
Would that mean a 50% chance of fine weather, or to put it another way,
A 50% chance of rain, depending on whether you were
A glass half full or a glass half empty person? It seemed a little dodgy.
What if, for instance, in one paddock all the cows were prostrate
while in another, they were practising synchronised standing?
Wouldn’t one cancel out the other? And why only cows?
What about prognosticating pigs, lambs, Billy goats?
I decided to go back to the Bureau forecasts.
At least they get it right half the time.