Yr 11, WGVC, 2000
I have a cat named Tiger. He is ginger with black on his paw. Every night he sleeps on
the end of my bed. He is full-grown and loves to chase the bird. Last Christmas we bought
another cat and named him JT. JT is mainly white with light brown on the top of his back
and face JT is very scared; mum thinks he was traumatised when he was little. Every time
we have visitors JT runs and hides under my bed until they are gone. For this week we
have had Noelene and her son, Josh, staying at our place so both Tiger and JT have been
living under my bed.
I also have two pet dogs. Their names are Buster, he's a boy,
and Jody, she's a girl. I have had them ever since I can remember. I remember when mum
told me - it was after school - She got them from the aboriginal man down the road.
Richard claimed Jody straight away. We had to change her name from Miminy to Jody because
Miminy means girl. Buster and Jody are brother and sister. They have had many healthy
puppies. We think she is pregnant again but we are not sure. Buster and Jody have survived
10 years. I'm scared of losing them because if I do, I'm scared I'll fall apart without
Being a teenager isn't so bad. I do what I want, And that's the way I like it. I live
with my dad, not that I see him, and when I do I'd rather not be there. I have lots of
friends around me, which is always a good thing, and when they want help, they know that
I'll be there for them.
I don't have much spare time in my life, but I make the time to
see my boy, when I am not with my two best pals. I have no work but I am looking, and when
the right thing pops up, I know that I'll get it. I make my life as much fun as can be,
and if it's not, I know that it should be. Well that's all I can say on this subject, and
if ya don't like it, well that's tough, coz that's my life and the way I like it.
I woke up one morning and opened the door,
And what did I see? My school bag on the
My essay was ripped, and my maths work destroyed,
I picked it aIl up and
boy was I annoyed,
I heard a strange noise coming from the laundry,
door and saw my dog Milly,
She was eating yesterday's sandwich mum had made me,
How can I explain to the teachers at school,
Why my work was covered in what appears
to be drool?
They would never believe me I was doomed for sure,
I arrived at
school with my work in my hand,
And l gave my essay to Ms L__
Who is the meanest
lady you will ever know,
She looked it over then gave me a stare,
Why is it
covered in what appears to be hair?
"Sorry Ms, my dog ate my books,"
started laughing and gave me all kind of looks,
She wasn't impressed I could tell by
She gave me detention and said, "You're a disgrace,"
This is crap, it
just isn't fair,
So I picked up my stuff and said,"I really don't care."
He's got the talent, he's got the ability
This kid could go all the way in cricket.
What a waste-he could have been anything.
This is what people say about me
I'm a could have been, a should have been.
They can all kiss my arse.
I've achieved a lot - State district turf A GRADE senior cricket,
I'm sick of my
attitude and life being questioned
By people that don't even know me.
people that annoy me
Have now reached their goal.
All the anger and frustration is
And it will explode this weekend at cricket
When I will show the
That have doubted me before
That I'm not just some stupid kid
Playing with the big boys.
Well, I like being a teenager.
You get to go out and stay with friends
sometimes you just need space
And as a teenager you don't get very much.
It is quite normal for a Teenager to fight with parents,
But when I am really angry I
Just need space and want to be left alone.
I am just like other teenagers even
If other people don't think so. I do exactly what
Everyone else does unless it is not fun or makes
Me get into trouble.
In my spare time I like to hang around friends
and talk about nothing but boys
talk about stuff on TV or past experiences.
Then maybe we just sit and think
when we are going to get a job.
Sometimes at lunch and recess we just
Talk about song lyrics,
the ones we like
And sing along to them on the radio.
Sometimes it makes me think I want
To be older than I am.
But then I think about
it more and
Thank God I don't have to pay bills,
have problems at work and try to
feed the kids.
We've broken up,
And now I feel the pain.
My heart is like a thunder storm,
storm without rain.
It feels like I'm in darkness,
I cannot see the light,
that's the way it has to be
Our love just wasn't right.
It was all for the
But no matter what I say
My feelings will not change for you
you night and day.
You invade my thoughts and dreams.
When I close my eyes your face appears.
are the one for me, it seems,
My heart warms up when you are near.
But I cry because I know we cannot be
As I realise you are too good for me.
can wish and I can smile,
As I watch you silently all the while.
You don't know
your influence on me.
The moonlight shines on the ocean,
Its reflection distorted by the waves.
my reflection looks the same.
I look to see if I still exist,
To see if I'm alive
To see if I'm game.
Encouraged by money
Let down by few,
To me I seem so lame.
The words said to me
Seem sugar coated and warm
But they're coated, coated in
They set you up to take the fall
Then they laugh when you crawl,
My bloody knees
are the sign
That I fail every time.
Crawl inside your black domain
watch the world go by
listen to the laughter while
you sit and cry
life was once a blessing
now it is a curse
I sit and hear my
screaming for me to bleed.
Being a teenager is about growing up and learning new experiences, going to school five
days a week, waking up at seven o'clock in the morning, doing homework every night after
school, passing SACE, playing sport, going to town and meeting friends, seeing a movie
during the holidays, going to the end of year disco with your best friends, looking up
your idol or TV stars on the internet, getting a job or a career, buying new clothes for
your collection,listening to your favourite songs on the radio, buying TV Hits magazines
at the newsagent, wearing make up, having your own opinion, reading teenage novels, dyeing
hair and changing hair styles, thinking about what the future will bring.
Driving it at Kart Mania, Bolivar.
Push start it.
It's fast, 90kph
Revs out to 18000rpm
Power sliding round corners,
Ford Escort 2 litre
Lowered Mags, fat tyres,
Front and rear spoiler,
Get home from school,
Turn on the telly,
Go to the fridge,
Look inside | -
Nothing but fruit and vegies!
What a disgrace!
Where's the junk food?
And what do I find?
A tub of icecream, That's all mine.
nothing to watch,
Look at my schoolbag
And remember my homework.
My eyes dart
from the TV to the bag, backwards and forwards.
Take a deep breath,
No, it can
The homework's not important,
Really need a break.
As I walk into class,
"Done your homework?" says the teacher.
shall I say?
"Sorry, " I say, "forgot all about it."
"No problem," says the
And writes out a detention.
Get home from school,
Turn on the telly,
Get a snack from the fridge,
and chew and remember the detention.
I turn off the TV and try not to get another one!
I arranged an email/chat
exchange and after school debate (link no longer working) with Japan in 1998, written up in Japanese and English by
the Japanese teacher, Mr Higuchi. There was a photo of my class at the time and some comments which I did
not expect to be preserved for posterity, following injudicious remarks about
the mating habits of dogs during a live debate session, by my students. It was all meant in good fun.
Australian Theme Form Poetry
poetry was composed and sent to the USA as part of an email exchange. We used the tried
and true form poem structure.
Email message: This is all of the poetry. Most students enjoyed the project and
produced very nice pages of illustrated poetry, using computers or hand-drawn graphics.
You will see that what is Australian is many things to many people but native animals,
scenery and sport were favourite topics.
Best wishes from Louise Nordestgaard and Year 9 English students, on show at Unley
High School's Expo Day, Sunday, May 21st, 1995
This year's Anzac Day
Only one survivor left
Swooping, calling , chortling
Flying, diving, scavenging
ever seen a corroboree?
Sweat-drenched, dust-covered, face-painted dancers.
Have you ever seen a dead kangaroo?
Limp-bodied, head-missing, bloodied-mess, on
the side of the road.
Red, rough, hot
Lizards, bush, raw, bright
Browns, dirt, blues, sky
Cold, dark, silent,
Long, winding traffic
People driving to the footy.
The smell of
meat pies wafts
Like putrid tyres burning.
When everybody cheers
Did you ever see a koala,
Gentle-faced, softly-furred, quiet and shy?
As the soccer player gets a goal
They all rise and cheer,
disturbed and flying to the sky.
FULL MOON'S REFLECTION ON ROUGH WATERS
Brightness, flickering, fullness,
Wavy, ripples, reflection,
Shiny, ghostly, shadow, crashing,
Romantic, roundness, complexion
The gum trees swinging
Leaves falling to the ground
As the seasons pass
Working, walking, camping
Billabong, water, outback,
walking, running, leaving
The red sand hills in the desert,
Rollers out at sea
Never coming rain
A very worried farmer
Here come the rain
KITE IN STRONG WIND
Flapping, tight, tense, high
Higher, lower, faster
Ripping, tearing, pulling , sky
Tugging, jolting, master
Did you ever see a frog?
Slimy-sided, bug-eyed, big-mouthed, bright green
Watching, riding, steering
Saddle, reins, hat, horse
Chasing, Lassoing, racing
In the School Classroom
Busily working while chatting noisily,
The teacher shouts.
See the tall white gums
Kangaroos graze near the trees,
Then bounce by swiftly.
Wishing, hoping, dreaming,
Stranger, family, friends,
Dancing, singing, laughing
Have you ever seen a flood,
Gushing waters, rushing rivers, destroying?
Short, big, small, bed
Bright colourful, happy,
Daisy, wattle, yellow, red
Stems, green, sappy
See the tall gum trees
Koalas eat the green leaves
Then climb down the trunks.
Snarling, vicious, sleepy, small,
Lurking, speeding, trapping
Racing, stalking, protecting, call Turning, fear, zapping
THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
One of Australia's great buildings
all by itself
Rainbow of shaped coral,
With fluttering fish
A land of water
Have you ever seen Ayers Rock,
Animal-infested, Australian meteorite,
than any other rock?
Batting, fielding, bowling
Bat, stumps, pads,
Turning, throwing, hitting
Have you ever seen a kangaroo,
High-jumping, long-leaping, strong -legged?
Running, diving, tackling, fights
Mark, umpire, crowd
dashing, kicking, under-lights
yelling, excitement, loud.
Slowly emerging from the deep,
The wombat, quiet and sweet
Darting, swimming, gliding
Beach, wave, surfer,
Yelling, screaming, escaping,
Did you ever see a Unicorn,
Powerful being, Graceful body, mysterious horn,
Slick grey porpoises
Gliding near a silver moon,
Caught in a death
Hot red desert burns
Dead animals all around
Swagman sings his song
Joyful, thoughtful, patient
Helpful, wise, considerate
Little girl crying
Down the road and far away
With her teddy bear.
Swaying, flourishing, drooping, neat
Frowning, sighing, strong
Giant, fretting, crystal, deep
Growing, climbing, long
Have you ever seen a kangaroo
Mightily-bounding, majestically-powerful, strong?
In the court of a judge
"I'm innocent, I'm innocent!"
Bubbling, gurgling, streaming
A JOURNEY FROM AFAR-HAIKU
Tired wombats crawl
Towards their humble dwellings.
A long haul awaits.
Did you ever see a jumbuck,
Woolly-coated, sleepy-eyed, lazy-legged, bewildered?
Sly, golden, native , beasts
Fierce, howling, predators
ferociously, devouring, feasts,
Remorseless, savage, terminators
In an Avenue in Winter
Leaves dancing in the wind
like a fairy sprinkling dust
Digging, walking, snoring,
Bush, billabong, flies,
Working, chasing, cooking
Have you ever seen a koala,
Soft-furred, quietly sleeping, teddy-faced,
In the Australian bush
snakes and lizards sunbake
In the hot desert theres no water thats seen,
Just snakes and lizards
Woody, big, dry, grey
Bark, bush, white
Leaves, gumnuts, tall,
Rustling, Australian sight
A rainy day at the netball courts
Girls running, jumping, catching,
they land in unavoided puddles
Kicking, diving, skidding
Running, punting, marking
Grand Final Match
At the crack of dawn
The magpie warbles its song,
High up in
Have you ever seen a kangaroo,
Strong-legged, prickly eared, soft-furred, untamed?
Shouting, jumping, screaming, cheering
Splashing, kicking, more
Kick, dive, score
Leaves blowing on the tree
Dead leaves on the ground
People talking, yelling, shouting,
teacher very angry
Hot, brown, rocky, dusty,
lifeless, sandy, red
Dry, barren, sun,
Sore, crumbly, dead
Did you ever see a crow,
Black bird flying, squawking noisily
Adelaide footy team?
Laughing, crying, chatting
Caring, listening, being there,
On a great Highway
As the speeding cars go past
Busy ants, zooming through
Scary, ghostly, haunted, creeping
Shadows, chains, spooky
See-through, lurking, hiding, sleeping
Night, dark, kooky
Have you ever seen a dolphin,
Zig-zagging, twist-turning, stream-lined?
Clutching, going, accelerating
Skids, burnouts, gears,
Beefy, loud, V8
In clear blue water
With a great deal of patience
I wait for a fish.
The branding of a cow,
The pain on a cow's face
Like a tree being cut down.
The outback Dunny
Red backs under the wooden seat,
be careful, they bight.
Big, bouncy, jumping fast,
Scared, angry, frightened
forward, back, past
Smoke, fire, end
Tennis is a sport,
Bouncy balls flying around,
Have you ever eaten a meat pie,
Hot-meaty,pastry-crisped, tomato sauce-oozing,
Brown, fluffy, pouch, big
Jump, dusty, dry
Bouncing, tail, leap,
Bound, blind, fly
Look at the emu
Its feet pounding on the desert floor,
Rain droplets falling
off his feathers.
Did you ever see a gum tree
Silvery green, smooth barked, wind-swayed,
Have you ever seen them play?
Muddy-strong, covered in girls,
and they love goanna oil.
Police in the outback chasing criminals,
police cars, gaol cells
all in the
In the School Yard
The laughing children on the oval,
Bouncing up and down
A warm morning,
Ice is melting,
Swinging, sliding, smashing
Grunting, serving, smiling
Have you ever seen a fish,
Slippery-wet, soggy-slithering, lacking-breath, dead?
Convicts Tough, dirty
Working, hurting, plotting
Labour, ships, crime , justice
Crying, dying, toiling
Streamlined, smooth, swift, graceful,
Fast, calm, unmolested
green, tasty, beautiful,
Determined, quiet, majestic, protected
The wheels started screeching,
the car spun around,
Then it came,
there was no sound,
The window broke, the metal crunched
Then the noise started
In the dry outback
Where the blow-flies hum and buzz
My hut lies
Did you ever see a beach,
Booming-surfed, yellow-sanded, hot-sunned, free?
The dry, silent land,
Cracked clay under a hot yellow sphere.
Swimming, snorkelling, surfing, splashing,
Children , lifeguards, duty,
Shores, sandy, waves crashing
White, clean ,
Green tree frog jumps high
Escapes from that big glass cage
Finds its paradise
Bowling, batting, catching
Scoring, cheering, finishing
Did you ever see a kangaroo,
Brown-furred, long-tailed, big-eyed, shy?
A day at the Football
The ferocious nature of the crowd,
A lion stalking its
beats down on the eucalypt
Where the koala sits.
Baking, shimmering, scorching
wasteland, solitude, emptiness
Awaiting, flourishing, wilting, desiccating
KANGAROOS AT NIGHT
Emerging, frightened, suspecting, starey,
Timid, distrustful, alert, wary
Bounding, away, gone
A DAY AT THE CRICKET
The wave of the crowd,
Did you ever see a blowfly,
Buzzing, annoying, ugly-faced, uncatchable?
They live in gum trees
Surrounded by Eucalypt,
Grey, cuddly, koalas
WAITING FOR THE BUS
The bucketing rain soaked the huge crowd.
This made them
angry and complain real loud
Did you ever see a footballer,
High-leaping, quick-moving, good-scoring,
FOOTBALL IN THE PARK
Chasing, tackling, possessing the ball
Running, bouncing, passing all
Kicking, scoring, winning.
Have you ever seen a magpie?
Formally-attired, proudly-perched, warbling-songed
In a Winters Chill a cold wind Blows
The gum trees sway gently
motion of an old worn broom.
Sparkling skimming, splashing leaping
Lurking, skipping, churning
Shimmering, glistening, lustre, creeping
Speeding, rushing, turning
The fierce blazing sun
Searing, withering, fiery
Hustling, bustling, walking
Footpath, mall, highrise
Hurrying, rushing, shopping
Did you ever see a river,
Droplets-cascading, fiercely-gushing, furiously
Creeping, leaping, streaking, flowing
Crackle, sizzle, jeer
Golden, dazzling, vivid , glowing,
Blister, scorch, sear
A wooded forest
Pungent rotting flesh of wood
Dewy, moist and cool.
Crashing, breaking, sweeping
A fly caught in a web
A person trapped by a lunatic
Have you ever seen a koala?
Grey furred, sharp-clawed, big-eyed, pouched.
Open-living, hunting, singing
corroboree, caves, paint
Dancing, killing, sleeping
Have you ever seen a gridiron player,