World Environment Day Festival Boonah

July 19, 2017




"After the traditional acknowledgement I gave a short official welcome speech and shared a poem especially written for the festival and dedicated to its themes.


I spoke about how poetry is in everything, the totems that many of the Indigenous people’s of the world have and shared that my family totem from PNG is the Bird of Paradise.


I remembered my youth growing up in Tasmania and working with others to in my community to make sure the Franklin stayed wild river.


I read out some statistics on the state of the environment in Australia and read ‘River Song’ from Magic Fish Dreaming. I focused on the power of unity and collective action from everyone in whatever capacity they can to bring about change in the world, and mentioned the story of Jadev Peyang."







From Love


A Group Poem



Saturday caterpillars are
climbing trees.


Saturday’s children sing
‘Caterpillar aeroplane.’


Six caterpillars begin
to grow.


In the yellow night
time is climbing &
purple bubbles of song
swing sticks about.


Saturday people
swim cobwebs of
blue people &
blue frogs.


Saturday’s stones know that
old love
forms in the leaves
falling from the trees.


Old women over June
are running free
red over black stones
time is climbing.


Old women over August sing,
‘be that dirt and mud
that grows these green forest trees.’


Butterflies flutter free
through the dragon grass


From Love,
old stones that are scattered
form the foundation
of all that is to come.


By Jennifer Hume,  Kylie Castle, Jessica Brain, Jackie Towell,
Dominique, Christina and Ashleigh, David, Norah and 4 anons
& June Perkins



Edited by June Perkins






You can find out more about the process of creating this poem HERE



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