2017 Winners

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Second Prize

Circa 1928
by P.S Cottier
Lyneham, ACT

The world more solid than now -
metal chest reflecting instrument.
No melting. No unnecessary warming,
just the shine of medals and the chest
swelling like his euphonium.
Everything is so neat,
four-four beat is presumed.
But we can’t hear the music,
the booming and elephant tread
as they stomped down Brisbane Street.
Perhaps the cups have caught it,
and we can sip old tunes like wine?
So solid, yet somehow shy,
an emotion culled
from our jungle of selfies.
The brass is held gently as a rose
under than broad, metallic chest.
Both firm, and blushing,
in this brief brush with the studio lens.

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