Three talented local poets determined to keep the ANZAC Day spirit alive have had their work recognised by the Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL after taking part in this year’s ANZAC Poetry Competition.
Adult winner Ian Lewis chose to use the competition as an opportunity to bring a remarkable story of heroism to light, submitting a local piece about his great uncles.
The passionate historian and author said the pair were both members of the Lewis family – one that played a pivotal role after European settlement in the Serpentine Jarrahdale region.
“The poem is a story that I only heard about a few years ago and my grandfather was involved,” he said.
“It’s a story of two soldiers who decided to risk their lives in order to save the life of a dying soldier.
“They timed it, they jumped out and immediately the machine guns fired and the two younger brothers witnessed the two older brothers die.
“My grandfather never spoke of it, but his brother was so proud of both of the older brothers that he told the story every ANZAC Day and I knew I wanted to put it down in writing.
“I’m not typically a poet, but I think it’s important to bring these stories to light and ensure they are never forgotten.”
The poem, submitted by secondary school winner Mykaila Kershaw, was also inspired by the courage of her great-grandfather – who served as a captain during World War II.
Mykalia said she was very excited and surprised by the news that she had won the competition.
Junior winner Elise Holmwood spent an hour creating and decorating her poem entitled ‘Poppies’, which explored the beauty of the remembrance symbol and the importance of the ‘Lest We Forget’ message.
It is understood each of the poems will be read and shared by the RSL as part of this year’s virtual commemorative services. Each of the winners will be recognised at a formal presentation organised by the RSL.