Sarah Sibson’s winning Lower Secondary Poetry entry in the Geraldton Regional Library’s 2016 Randolph Stow Young Writers’ Awards. Sarah represents Nagle Catholic College.
CHOP! CHOP! What’s that sound?
I hear a big stomping from the ground,
My eucalyptus tree is beginning to fall.
Oh, No! It’s those evil wood choppers Frank and Paul.
I know they can see me up in the tree,
But they don’t give a damn, not about me.
I whimper at the sight of my tree on the ground
My little koala heart begins to pound.
That’s it! That’s the last straw,
I open my mouth and let out a roar.
With that I call on all the animals of the Forrest.
And in return I hear a beautiful chorus.
I hear roo, kookaburra and snake…
They say to meet them down at the lake.
We conjure up a plan to make them leave,
Little do they know, we have a trick up our sleeve.
We roll in the white sap of a tree…
Haha, no one will recognise me!
Don’t worry for this stunt we are koala-fide We only need to put sap now on our backside.
Now that we are all dressed up
We secretly go and hide behind their hut.
As they walk out we yell!
They scream in terror, then run back to where they dwell.
We walk back to the Forrest now with the smug look on our face,
If they weren’t bloody drongos that wouldn’t be the case
Don’t ever mess with the Koala Crew.
Because don’t worry we’ll mess with you.
* Copies of the 2016 winners booklet can be purchased from Geraldton Regional Library for $12.
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