Cupid has Struck

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Labrador protects duckling,
while cat cuddles fox,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

A dog and elephant water play,
And chicken warms some puppies,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

A dog howls with the owl
giraffe and ostrich nuzzle necks,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

These dear ones
love beyond feather, furs and skin;
see friendship
Is more than luck.

 

By June Perkins

 

First Appeared on Australian Children’s Poetry, February 13th 2019.

Inspired by stories of unusual animal friendships and playful Jazz songs.

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An Art Adventure at the Queensland Art Gallery

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Sidney Long, Spirit of the Plains, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, June Perkins, poem Spirit of the Plains, Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery

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Follow the Angel, Follow the Feathers, Follow the Art!

Imagine you are in a Hot Air Balloon

 

Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. Take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided at the stations to create your own response through drawing or writing.

Only small extracts of the  poems and writing are here to encourage you to go visit and read them on location!

The Spring Program has been written by  Dr June Perkins.

The poems and stories are now up, September to November 2018

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SPRING 2018

This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from June Perkins, Brisbane-based poet and children’s author. June has developed an interactive journey through the Australian Collection through poems and micro-stories for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal for children and families: Art Adventures in the Australian Collection.

Look for Words & Pictures labels alongside the following artworks. If you’d like to follow the writer’s journey, visit the works in the following order.

  1. John Perceval Sculpture: The Herald Angel 1958
  2. Yvonne Koolmatrie Hot-air balloon 2006
  3. Landscape wall, Gallery 10
  4. Sydney Long, Spirit of the Plains 1897
  5. Sonja Carmichael Deranji Dabayil (Rocky place, healing waters): Baskets of Culture 2017
  6. Ian Fairweather, Epiphany 1962
  7. Michael Stevenson, The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004-2006
  8. Ray Crooke Woman with blossoms 1962-1963
  9. Fred Williams Echuca landscape 1961
  10. William Delafield Cook A haystack 1982
  11. Rosalie Gascoigne Lamp lit 1989
  12. Irene Chou The universe is within our hearts 1992
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Poem June Perkins, John Perceval’s Herald Angel, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery

‘Mermaids and Monster Trucks’ by June Perkins

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Mermaids and Monster Trucks

Monster Truck Boys, Monster Truck Boys

they love to drive their Monster trucks.

Mermaid Girls, Mermaid Girls

swimming with the dolphins

go the Mermaid Girls.

Mermaid Girls and Monster Truck Boys

Now they go to school

Could there be a duel?

Mermaid Girls watch the Monster Truck Boys.

Monster Truck Boys watch the Mermaid Girls.

Mermaid Girls, Mermaid Girls

super diving Mermaid Girls.

Monster Truck Boys, Monster Truck Boys

super driving monster trucks.

Mermaid Girls and Monster Truck Boys

They’re playing at magic school

which has a friendly rule.

Mermaid Girls can play with Monster Truck Boys.

Monster Truck Boys can play with Mermaid Girls.

Mermaid Girls talk to Monster Truck Boys.

Monster Truck Boys talk to Mermaid Girls.

Soon Monster Truck Boys 

like swimming in the sea.

They’re jumping and bumping 

in the sea.

Now Mermaid Girls 

like driving monster trucks

as…

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Ballad of the Boots

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Son to Mum

My boots are made for sleeping
I’ll never take them off again.
My feet are made for keeping
Those leathery brown boots.

My heart is made for boots
They are the world to me
& if you take them off me Mum
I’ll scream the whole house down.

My boots they sing me songs
As the crackle in the night
My heart is made for weeping
For my hand-me-down brown boots.

Mum to Son

Son, please take off those boots
For they are lethal weapons as you sleep.
I know you love them deeply, truly, madly
But they do not make your parents
Meet the morning mildly mannered.

If you stayed asleep on your own bed
I’d have no problems with your obsession,
But as you creep up into ours
I’d rather your boots were dreams
& not your midnight possession.

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Boots to Son

When you grow up you won’t remember
the love that we once shared.

But that’s okay I won’t be lonely because
I always travel in pairs.

I just have one small request before I go
Please polish me & check my eyelets

Then sing me a song
to imprint into my sole.

Boots to Mum

One day he’ll be fully grown
& new shoes he’ll own

Boots will be replaced by runners
new challenges be found.

Remember you can write a poem
to reach out to him

Say the things you need to say
as Mum to grown up son.

 

(c) June Perkins

Published on ABC Open 2012

Poetry Postcards

 

These poetry postcards featuring June’s poetry and photography will be available when she is doing book signings and appearing at markets.

They are part of a new book she is working on but for now are only available in this format.

Queries welcome, just leave a message here or email at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

 

World Literacy Day with the Kids of Botongon

Replay of the Livestream of the Event.

Skype view from my office – Australia

What a special day to meet and speak with the children of Botongon.  I thank my dear friend Mel Irvine, for taking the magic of Magic Fish Dreaming and sharing it with the children.

Mel tried to make it seem as much as possible as if I was there, and moved the camera a few times so I could see the whole gathering  and setting as well as introducing me to people. The local women who work with Mel are very impressive in their care for the children too.

It was amazing and quite overwhelming to think of some children arriving early and waiting for up to two hours outside the gate to run up the stairs to go the world literacy day event.

After welcome songs, and prayers, and me also thanking all of our ancestors I spoke.

We had some common ground and I spoke with them about Australia’s typhoon – Yasi and my family’s experience of it.  It was something that brought some memories back for all of us in two parts of the world where massive cyclones have occurred.

I loved hearing the children sing in a number of languages and was very impressed that one young man recited ‘Gecko’s dance.’

I read ‘Rain Song’ and encouraged the gathering to tell that rain to go away.  For a moment it was as if we were all yelling out at the typhoons/cyclones we have been through.

But it was lovely that the meeting was so positive, joyful and focused on education.   Mel showed me the library! And lots of children were reading.  I was sad to hear they had lost their school after the typhoon, but they did soon return to school in tents!

Soon everyone was smiling again through memory tears. There is something about sharing the experience of a natural disaster that can’t be explained in words.

You can watch most of what unfolded in the replay of the livestream.

The children  introduced themselves one by one, and really enjoyed going up to the microphone.

A big thank you also to Helene the illustrator of Magic Fish Dreaming, who was thanked at the meeting as well.  Her illustrations have played such an important role in attracting people into the  words of Magic Fish Dreaming.

It has been wonderful to see how people everywhere and all ages can relate through the power of poetry and memory.

The major highlight of this skype was to see so many smiling faces listening to poetry to someone all the way in Australia, and responding to the words which such warmth, emotion and enthusiasm.  A writer can ask for nothing more.

You can read more about this event and Mel’s work in the Philippines at her blog.

If you feel inspired maybe you can give some support to these dear children.

Images Courtesy Mel Irvine  – showing what was happening on the other end of the skype session and in the lead up to the day.


Skyping for World Literacy

Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming

 

So excited that I will be skyped to the Philippines in September, to read  poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.

My dear friend Mel Irvine, who supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippino children, has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her so much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.

I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.

Will let you know how it goes!

Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel: Dr Virginia Lowe

Virginia-Lowe-226x316Introducing our chair for the  Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel  (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event), Dr Virginia Lowe.

Dr Virginia Lowe has had poems published in anthologies and is a Melbourne Poets Union prize winner. She has written many papers and chapters on children’s encounters with poetry (in Styles’ Poetry and Childhood), their own poetry ‘writing’, and on nursery rhymes. Her thesis was published as Stories, Pictures and Reality (Routledge, 2007).

Dr Virginia Lowe at the Queensland Poetry Festival

Silver Birch Press

You can find out more about Dr Lowe in the following interview over at Ripple Poetry