Runner-up in the grade 5/6 section – Our Vast Wetlands by Daisy Willows”

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Our Vast Wetlands

by Daisy Willows, from Scotch Oakburn College

The fresh green grass blades 
Grows from under the murky water 
The sloshy marches 
Stretch forever 
As they disappears into the horizon 
I see vast flocks of birds, 
Peppering the sky 
Deadly predators 
Crocodiles, 
Pelicans fishing for food, 
Disappearing under the wispy reeds. 
The rich, sodden soil 
That lives beneath the marshes 
After the rains come 
Gluggy, turned into mud 
In the boiling summer sun 
Water evaporates 
And the soil cracks again 
Birds migrate 
An incredible natural cycle. 
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