One Leaf

One leaf
can break a branch.
One discovery can make flight.
One drop can stop a drought.
One brick can make a wall.
One wall can make a house.
One act can save a life.
One voice can change a song.
One person can change the world.

Ben, From Feluga’s Fabulous Fourteen.

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Leaf Life – June Perkins

I love the optimism of the young.  This poem was written during Ripple and then shared in the Feluga Fabulous Fourteen Writing Anthology.  It has been slightly edited before web publication here.


Leaf – By Renee

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Leaves and Water – By June Perkins

I’m swaying
I’m the colours
of falling into the water
Daughter joy and smiles forever
I will see. My
Branch now falls right near
Me so we can be so
Happy with my tree family.

Renee, St Clares. Year 5

Childhood Leaf
Childhood Leaf- By June Perkins

A Little Fire

Fire – By June Perkins

A little spark turned into a fire
It jumped out the fire place
Creeping . . .crawling… creeping….growing
Bigger and bigger
Red and yellow flames leaping everywhere
He got bigger than a giant.
Bigger than a giant
Turned into a monster
Then he was

By Joshua, Mission Beach State School

Mission Beach hosts poet- tree
Mission Beach hosts poet- tree by Students – June Perkins 2007

Boy Scouts

A fire is blazing in the
Moon light.
The smell of damper is in
My nose.
It’s going to be a great night!
I can’t wait till we eat.
There’s going to be a good feast.
It can’t get better than that.

By Angus, Mission Beach State School.


Frillneck Lizard

A frillneck lizard climbs onto a log
Hisssssss hisssssssss
Scratch sratch scratch scratch
Whossss whosss whoosss
Goes the wind
Pit a pata a pit a patta
Here comes the rain
Run I say under the rock
Whosssss whosss whosss whosss
Rain’s all gone
Out I came onto my log.

By Maggie, Mission Beach State School




The Townsville Strand is where I want to be
At the Townsville water park children
Laugh with glee
Soon the big buck will tip out
So much water


The mum’s will soon take home their daughter
I will stay and say “Bye ba bye”

So much Fun.

By Marny Mission Beach State School


Rock Pool

reflecting beach
Reflecting – June Perkins

I look upon a rock pool
Crystal clear just like glass
I wonder if there is a hermit crab
Is it a starfish?
I wonder if it is a prawn?
I look very closely.
I can see a sea urchin or a tiny fish.
I hear my Mum call so I run to Mum
She says, “Lunchtime”
And I eat all my lunch and go
Back to look at the rock pool.

By Riley, Mission Beach State School

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Rock Pool – June Perkins

Coral Fish

Coral fish swimming in the sea
Lovely fish.
Bright orange like the coral
He greets the dish with a swish
Dive ..
Down to his
house where the pretty coral lives
A Diver is here.
Swim, swim, swim
away from here.

By Darby
Mission Beach State School


I saw something

I saw something brown
As wavy as the sea.

I saw something brown
As bumpy as could be.

I saw something brown
As spiky as a tree.

I saw something brown
Shaped like a croc.

I saw something brown
Shaped like a clock.

I looked
And I looked and I saw
That it was just a

By Caitlin, Mission Beach State School