Scavenger birds dropped, dead, midflight and the earth began to morn the loss of her friends. Streams turned acidic and wells withheld their freshness.
An international disaster was declared. Live sheep export and lamb were wiped out. Beef and dairy cattle: gone. Buffalo, camel, horse, goat, ostrich, emu, fish, crocodile, kangaroo; everything farmed and wild, died.
Poisoned water tables affected food crop irrigation and fresh produce became referred to in the past tense. Life and eating as we had become familiar with and reliant upon was over.
The only survivors of the food chain holocaust were domestic pets and the small back yard vegetable garden.
It took no more than a disease to wipe out life as we knew it. The unprepared were left hungry and turned to the backyards of their sustainably savvy neighbours.
Domestic pets became the new staple and the traumatised institution of the family began to break down.
Violence pursued and suburban life exploded into warfare.
One family, and their beloved chickens, escaped the world and sought refuge high in the dividing range. They started life anew. Their first born chick, a black roster, embodied their hope and their future and hatched them a plan of sustainability.
Tough and sturdy as a Gurkha, a black race of chickens bred a food chain that would save the world from self destruction.
Black was the new life and a farmyard pecking order had begun.