1 April 20091 April 2009 Main Posts a Lofo poem Jeff Sparrow The cartoonist Lofo has illustrated Overland for yonks. He also writes verse, as below: Why I like Melbourne:A very old-fashioned poem You’ll find no shark In Noble Park, It’s too far from the sea. Snakes do not kill In Yarraville (another place to be). And if you fear The grizzly bear, The tiger and the lion, You safely go To Ivanhoe And find a bed to lie on. Or you may dread the octopus, The rhino or the nozerus, The red-hot flowing lava, The elephant, The fire-ant – You’re safe in Balaclava. No killer whale In Armadale, No giant anaconda, No poisonous frogs, Nor falling logs, You’re good in Moonee Ponda. No giant beast In Richmond East, No ape and no hyena, No killer bee In Ripponlea. Sleep tight in Murrumbeena. And when your favorite aunt is dead, ‘Cause giant bats have killed her, You can be reasonably sure It wasn’t in St. Kilda. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?