Poem of the Day


Orang-utan Crying

by Ken Williams


Forest wakes,

Brand new day.

Mother stretching,

Orang-utans play.


Little-ones rolling,

Little-ones tumbling.

Little-ones swinging,

Little-ones fumbling.


A sudden rumbling,

Looks of worry.

Engines roaring,

Little-ones scurry.


Forest falling,

Can’t find cover.

Little-ones scampering,

Can’t find Mother.


Engines blaring,

Forest bare.

Trees smouldering,

Nothing there.


Engines ceasing,

Mother enraged.

Trucks retreating,

Little-one’s caged.


Sun setting,

Forest dying.

Earth shattering,

Orang-utan crying.


  • Highly commended in  the 12th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition. For full results click here.

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