ANZAC legend evokes a creative response
Poetry and artworks by public school students to mark our national day of remembrance of war veterans and defence personnel.
05 May 2021
By Wattle Flat Public School
His bravery and courage
was shown with a row of medals
on his jacket.
But it doesn’t tell the whole story.
It doesn’t tell us that the battlefield
was a nightmare,
as fierce as a wild animal,
always ready to pounce.
It doesn’t tell us about the
explosions as loud as thunder,
sirens screaming like newborn babes
putrid clothes and months-old rations.
It doesn’t tell us that the
blood flows like tears,
that despair and regret
are tossed about the battlefield like scraps of paper.
It doesn’t tell us that losing your mate
is like losing a brother …
a father …
like losing a part of yourself.
That war stole my friend’s life like a thief.
You need bravery as rare as an emerald,
… as hard as diamonds.
War digs at your deepest reserves
and scars the world like no other.
This poem written by students at Wattle Flat Public School and involved students from years 2-6. Wattle Flat Public is a one-class, small school established in 1858 to provide education for children of gold-mining families.
By Max Warnes
In distant fields, poppies grow tall
Where fearless souls, fought for us all
Die they must, glory they shall gain
In fields of strength, in fields of pain
Friendly faces coming home
Not feeling scared, not feeling alone
But to remember those, who died that day
Deserves a special kind of praise
A praise of hope, a praise of love
A praise to those who rose above.
Max Warnes is in Year 6 at Balgowlah North Public School in Sydney
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