Rubin’s Rain is a Red Room front runner


A tree will be planted for each submission to this year’s Red Room Poetry contest, helping establish a Poem Forest in the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ross Park Primary School students contributed more than 100 nature poems to the national competition, and Rain was shortlisted.

The verse of Year 5 Rubin Davis was chosen from 5000 entries to be one of 23 Upper Primary division favourites.

Teacher Kristy Barnes said the school has a “strong sustainability ethos” and the 2021 theme inspired 126 years 5 and 6 students “to voice a desire for positive environmental change”.

“Rubin’s poem was inspired by his memories of rain in Adelaide, its misty green aftermath and life-generating power,” she said.

“Only 108 submissions were shortlisted, and we are delighted that Rubin’s was selected. He modestly accepted the praises of his classmates, school staff and family.”

The free form or rhyming poems, unlimited in length, had to target an object in nature and use figurative language, such as similes, metaphors and symbolism.

The winners will be announced at a DART Learning live streamed ceremony, 2pm AEDT Tuesday 23 November.

Rubin is delighted to see Rain shortlisted on the computer.

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