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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Among the Crosses by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

As I stand among the crosses
Fighting man’s repository,
I watch the dead stretch far beyond
The point where eye can see.

And ponder why they fought and died,
For none but they can know.
The secret notion of delight,
That bid them thence to go.

Some duty to their countrymen?
A thought of nation’s pride?
Perchance the hope of glory led
The doomed souls hence to die.

They gave no thought to strategy
Or military reforms.
Their killers, decked with medals wore
Their own fools’ uniforms.

And silent, ever silent,
Like fallen winter snow,
They fade among the crosses white;
Row on aimless row.

The world moves on with scarce a thought,
No wiser for its loss.
A piece of sense is crucified
Upon each voiceless cross.

So I gaze o’er endless crosses
To the failing point of eye
And wordless mourn the futile cause
That led them all to die.

They Belong by Emerson Hurley (Second Prize)

The Writer by Rebecca Batrouney (Third Prize)

Linger by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

Good Morning by Imogen Maher (Highly Commended)

Infinity by Hannah Vesey (Highly Commended)

The Daughter of the Moon by Grace Nakamura (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

2016 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

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years