Leaves choose mostly orange-red
then bands of blue
Using light to make a meal
their chloroplasts feed on the Sun.
But only parts of
Leaves don’t use all sunshine’s beams.
It seems they rarely
eat their greens!
First published in Double Helix (October 2015)
Reproduced with permission of CSIRO
Notes by Jeanie Axton
Below is a template for an Australian Eucalyptus leaf. Print and get the students, after brainstorming, to write a shape poem around the shape of the leaf. They could all be cut out and attached to a Eucalyptus Poem Tree.