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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

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

Grindle Road by Brett Dionysius (First Prize)

A Child Unafraid by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

A d’Arcy Doyle Painting by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

The Kulning Song by Louisa Janke (Highly Commended)

Pot Pourri and Bar Room Roses by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

A Time to Dance, a Time to Mourn by Sue Osborn (Highly Commended)

A Foot Soldier’s Lament by Gill Jewell (Highly Commended)

The Egyptian sun, unrelenting in its intent
To focus heat on a pile of bags and belongings
Strewn for a million sleepless nights across desert sands.

Almost rainbow like in another world.
Reds, blues and gold’s of newly purchased and no doubt bought especially;
Suite cases, toys and-

Who did it? Who cares, when in the end
Whatever light is shed,
They are gone, to lie forever in blistering desolation.

The troops gaze into the carnage.
Who could look with the focus needed to
analyse, blame, dissect?

No doubt their thoughts linger on what it was their own children
were doing when they left for work.
Or how their laughter is needed here.

Photos of holidays float past.
One soldier, who reaches out, retrieves it from a heartless wind,
Grabbing furiously at the air.

He looks at it, unafraid, as only foot soldiers can
Because they are there first,
Not politicians.

A family beams out, a snapshot to the world,
With sun cream dribbling down the broad smile of a two-year-old;
The mother’s clear white smile.

“Mother of God!”

His thoughts go back to his daughter’s first communion. Perfect white. Her little
cross is held in his heart as he bends low to flag another small,
indistinguishable body.

U.S intelligence intercepts have suggested a bomb?
Yesterday London cancelled all flights.
“hello Russia, I am so so sorry”

Vladimir has sent protectors to Syria.
Still ridding bare back?
It’s never enough.

Relatives wait in chilly airport terminals
As if timetable screens will suddenly announce….
“here they come, your darling’s, your sweethearts;
sorry for the delay, held up over….”

“Oh Jesus.”

With head in hands.
What can we do in the West?
When the stench of my activity, geography and reach is so …… ineffective?

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