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.