Oak Tree Retirement Park Avenue is home to a very talented poet, Rita Diplock. Rita has a passion for poetry and has won a number of competitions for her work, including 2nd place in the Royal Queensland Show’s Bush Poetry Competition! Rita often holds poetry readings for her fellow Oak Tree Park Avenue residents, which they all thoroughly enjoy, and has launched a CD which showcases all of her poems.
Residents and family and friends gathered together to celebrate Rita's amazing achievement and hear first hand some of the beautiful poetry featuring on her new album.
The residents at Oak Tree love to share their talents with each other and support one another in their achievements.
Piggy Toes and Little Miss Muffet are poems written by Rita in 2020 in light of COVID-19.
By Rita Diplock
This little piggy went to market
And this little piggy stayed home.
He’d heard of COVID 19
And wisely did not roam.
This little piggy bought lots of rice
So he’d have lots to eat,
But searching for loo paper,
Met only with defeat.
This little piggy worked from home,
So had no lack of wealth,
But supervised home schooling,
Which strained his mental health.
The pig who went to market
With no precautions taken,
Ended up in ICU
And none could save his bacon.
LITTLE MISS MUFFET
By Rita Diplock
Little Miss Muffet
Jumped off her tuffet
And screaming, ran swiftly away.
A very big spider
Had crept up beside her
And she felt it unsafe to stay.
That she thought him bad
Made the spider feel sad,
For his motives had really been good.
He’d thought to surpris’er
With hand sanitizer,
But found himself misunderstood.