Runner-up in the grade 5/6 section – Archie Jones’ poem “Wetlands”


by Archie Jones, from Scotch Oakburn College

I hear birds   
As they call to their loved ones  
Crocodiles lurking deep down 
Below the waterline  
Swans and pelicans 
Competing for food 
Diving, hunting, pecking  
Fish shimmering, ducking, hiding 
Their lives will soon be over 
Animals drawn away 
Far away from their homes 
The injured are left behind 
As the wetlands evaporate 
In the hot summer sun 
You hear the splash of crocodiles 
Grabbing the injured animals   
Soon to be gone 
And the crocodile will always 
Be waiting for more. 

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