Azure seas stretch out before me,
Forested hills rise and fall,
Wild winds howl in a ghostly rhythm
I feel the call.
The spirit of greed sings, “Come,”
The lure of treasure beckons,
I will search forever,
For all my living seconds.
I journey endlessly,
For something non-existent,
For something that’s not there.
Riches. The rest?
I do not care.
They are of people.
They are no more.
The wind is just the sounds of cars.
The ‘call’ had a flaw.
I see now.
Treasure. Nature. Find it.
by Elenor Stephenson, age, 11
I am eleven years old and will go to high school next year. I have three siblings: Anna, Ingrid and Gabriel. I am very interested in volcanoes, the environment and socialism. I like school and my favourite subject is Human Society and Its Environment and Science, because learning about your surroundings helps you to make the world a better place. My favourite colour is blue like the sea after a storm or green like the leaves of a snow gum. My favourite place on earth is Mt Ngauruhoe in New Zealand which is a volcano I visited when I was ten.
BRAVERY is facing your fears and standing up for what you know is right even if it is hard,
never being discouraged just because you do not feel like you fit in.
IMAGINATION is the essence of creativity and the fuel of wonder. It is being able to create pictures and stories in your mind and to make other feel them too.
GENEROSITY is giving things up, even when it is a big sacrifice, or when no one is there to see.