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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Among the Crosses by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

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)

The sound of stilettos on cobblestoned streets
Rings through the slumbering town
From a starless sky the clouds retreat
For the Moon in her black velvet gown

The unmistakable sound of shoes striking gravel
A paradox in a town such as this
Each footstep commands like the bang of a gavel
As a figure emerges from the mist

On a moon-dappled path with a whispering breeze
She walks heeding no invitation
The half-shadowed trees twist their bodies to see
And murmur in soft susurration

It was as if she had plucked the stars from the sky
To adorn her obsidian cape
A petty revenge on her Mother up high
To leave the night a blank empty slate

A streak of shot silver in tumbling black hair
Shimmers faintly like the Milky Way
Her cheekbones are carved of ivory fair
And her eyes are a purple-tinged grey

It is her, the Night Lady, the Daughter of the Moon
Disgraced from her heavenly throne
She sings a mournful, mellifluous tune
Of a curse that she bears on her own

“Before the world spun with such frenzied intensity
Before mankind evolved with a hate-fuelled propensity
I lived in the sky, unaware of my destiny
Waiting for time to eclipse

Alone bar my Mother’s maidservants, the stars
I traced dying comets on their path to afar
I listened to planets give their sonorous memoirs
Just waiting for the lunar eclipse

Millennia passed and the world kept on turning
The desire to experience earth brightly burning
I served in the night court suppressing the yearning
Till the night of the lunar eclipse

It was a warm summer night in the middle of June
When a shadow obscured my Mother, the Moon
I slipped down to earth, my timing opportune
The night of the lunar eclipse

What a marvellous sight! Lo and behold
I wandered through cities and villages old
I learned all the stories that ever were told
That night of the lunar eclipse

And once I had done everything to be done
Out spilled the rise of the glorious sun
Panicked, I saw that the day had begun
Thus ending the lunar eclipse

The horizon was alight, the sunrise was burning
In a sudden I realised there’d be no returning
I could not go home as I quickly was learning
I was chained to the earth evermore

The haunting last notes of the melody dies
She draws an uneven breath
Gazing up at the sky she expels a long sigh
Filled with ineffable hiraeth

And so the Daughter of the Moon is bound to the earth
Sapped of her holy divinity
To walk the night is her Sisyphean curse
Till she fades into timeless infinity

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