Ahmad Shiddiqi

Rookie (March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Animalia Australia


(dedicated to Greenpeace and others who love animals)

Emu
Koala
Dingo
Dugong

Ca ne toad
Green ants
Murray cod
Wolf spider

Spotted Quoll
Red Kangaroo
Grey nurse shark
Ocellaris clownfish
Eastern Banjo Frog

Weedy sea dragon
Saltwater Crocodile
Blue-tongued lizards
Spotted wobbegong
Gang-gang Cockatoo

could you truly love us?
could you surely help us?
could you eagerly care us?
could you patiently save us?
could we live beside human?

(inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of The Animals)

Submitted: Friday, August 29, 2008

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  • Rookie Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (5/9/2009 10:40:00 PM)

    What an amazing diagram this poem makes as it goes down the page! How could I not comment on this poem coming from Down Under Australia. You have more knowledge of these animals than I have and I can see you care for animals so much. 10 Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keith Gaboury (11/3/2008 7:31:00 PM)

    I like this one. It moves beyond just a typical sound poem with the questions in the last stanza. Rhetorical questions to the reader can be very effective, and it definitely works here. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keith Gaboury (9/9/2008 1:06:00 AM)

    Cool poem. This is a good example of a poem that should really be read aloud. It works a lot better spoken rather than written. Up until the last line, you are really just playing with the sound of the words through the repetition of the animals. I like the rhetorical questions at the end, makes the reader think. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ben Gieske (9/1/2008 6:40:00 PM)

    I like the shape of this poem. It is only half a tree, so it is up to us to include the many other creatures that should not be left out to make this a whole tree. I particularly find the platypus and echidna, only mammals laying eggs and unique mammals of Australia, and would like them to be included. As far as birds are concerned, the lyre bird should not be overlooked. Of course, this is my own opinion. I don’t know whether Saint-Saëns was thinking of these animals. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carl Harris (8/30/2008 10:52:00 AM)

    This is a unique and well thought out free verse poem, Ahmad, which acquaints us with many animals and creatures of Australia they we are not all that familair with.
    Of course, everyone knows of the Koalas, emus, and kangaroos. Thanks to the late Steve Irwin (and Paul Hogan) we all have heard of the terrifying Salt Water Crocodile, too. But few of us from half a world away know of the Weedy Sea Dragon or Eastern Banjo Frog, or the Spotted wobbegong, whatever that is. Not only is this a well-written poem, it is a very informative one as well. Carl. (Report) Reply

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