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2015 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

The Skyway up to Heaven by Grace Nakamura (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

On the skyway up to Heaven, a problem had erupted
A highway once so peaceful had now become corrupted.
The winding golden path to God was getting quite congested,
And eBay hadn’t sent the traffic lanes that God requested.

Instead of two straight lines there was an uncivilized commotion,
Of souls of ghosts and angels who could not grasp the simple notion,
Of waiting for their turn without exploding with annoyance,
A concept understood without any knowledge of clairvoyance!

‘Would you move your bloody wings?!’ cried an angel all a flutter,
Another angel glared at him and said ‘Shut up you nutter!’
You see while death is free for all, admission takes a while,
And waiting for the Gates to open could sometimes be a trial.

The air was filled with curse words; a verbal ammunition,
Whilst other angels undertook a more violent type of mission,
To push their way up to the front and get in Heaven first,
And these people were the saints? It seemed the roles had been reversed.

These ungrateful souls were suffering from ‘road rage’,
A condition known on Earth as the main prevention of old age.
But within the screaming mobs there was one angel who was quiet,
She stood aside from the others and did not take part in the riot.

An unassuming soul, she was plain but did not care,
As she had lived her life with gratitude and devoted prayer.
But this unholy throng had filled her patience to the brim,
She stood with fists shaking, her face all dark and grim.

The angel felt her body tense as she prepared to release,
The full extent of her wrath upon the ill-mannered deceased.
She stalked up to the crowd and any doubts she had were quelled,
As she glared with fire in her eyes she stood up there and yelled!

“Keep your language civil, boys, there’s no need to be so graphic,
When I died on Earth I never thought in Heaven there’d be traffic!”
“So keep in line and don’t complain and continue on just waitin’,
Else I’ll have a chat with my pal God and he’ll send you down to Satan!”

Silence fell and all was still; the angels were all dazed,
As she stood there breathing heavily, she was absolutely amazed,
When in mute obedience every soul turned and stood in line,
Her outburst tamed the wilds! She was floating on cloud nine.

(this can be taken literally for each cloud was numbered up to ten.
with clouds ten to five for females, and four to one for men.)

St Peter at the Gates was looking quite impressed,
He ushered her to the front and then a question he addressed,
“What did you do on Earth? I don’t mean to sound so shady.”
She smiled and then she whispered, “I was a lollipop lady.”

The Privy by Jena Woodhouse (Open Age)

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years