Fight­ing words

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Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent Ella Velt­man’s tal­ents as a poet have been recog­nised by her teacher.

The Year 8 stu­dent has writ­ten a very poignant poem, ti­tled The Boys Who Went To War about the AN­ZAC troops and war in gen­eral.

Ella cre­ated the poem as part of a pro­ject sur­round­ing the Gal­lipoli cen­te­nary. It has al­ready been pub­lished in the school news­let­ter but teacher Holly Fawcett wanted to show the stu­dents their work never goes un­no­ticed.

Ella said when cre­at­ing works like this poem, she hoped to make the reader ‘‘re­alise stuff’’ and to ‘‘give them a deeper un­der­stand­ing’’.

For the 12-year-old, writ­ing comes nat­u­rally but she al­ways writes about some­thing with a pur­pose. Ideas for pieces come to her in all sorts of places.

In writ­ing The Boys Who Went To War, Ella hoped to cap­ture the feel­ing of the day. ‘‘It’s sad those boys had to die. It was an un­nec­es­sary cause and could have been pre­vented,’’ she said. In the fu­ture Ella hopes to keep writ­ing, but said she prob­a­bly won’t make a ca­reer out of it.

The Boys Who Went To War

By Ella Velt­man War is a cof­fin, A never end­ing grave, Though the body may be pre­served, The soul ages day by day. On and on they fight, Check­ers of free­dom, Fight­ing foe to the death, For a lost king­dom. When the mists of ig­no­rance are lifted, And re­al­i­sa­tion dawns, The lark shall call his last, And the weep­ing wil­low will mourn. For weapons of death they carry, Though ig­no­rance is at their core. Yet in the trenches the veil shall be lifted, And boys they will be no more.

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