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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Past by Alyssa Tang (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

You know when roads are clear
and time runs by like a dog being called

i never thought you’d never be here
perhaps i didn’t think at all

the light posts stretch like elastic
and the rain drums a beat on the windows

we haven’t seen them in weeks

and your seemingly innocent sleep
when you wake up to nothing

brings us to your side
and no longer can we hide

we hear stories. poems, photos, lives, about you
and i hardly knew you

your son is in high school now
your daughter has a dora backpack

i remember holding her as a baby
ignorance (to time) is bliss

yellow and white roses are chosen
and petals are given to everyone

my petal was white and like lace
it glided between my fingers like plastic

i didn’t see your face
until i walked up to your casket

they say someone who is dead looks like they’re asleep
they’re wrong
you looked caked in make up
you looked green
you looked dead

i placed my petal on your chest
and gently said, “see you later, man”

before drifting off without knowing what to do next


my aunty says hello. i haven’t seen her in 5 years
you’ve grown, she says
i know, i reply

my grandma hugs me like no tomorrow
and keeps insisting to kiss my cheeks

pretending like she didn’t ruin our family
like she didn’t fail her son

lastly, i see my older cousin
someone who is so old now

he has three kids
one in his arms like he were a gym

i don’t hug him. i don’t say anything more than a hello.

when we leave
my feet felt numb in the heels i wore

don’t be a stranger, my mother calls out
we don’t want to be, they reply

my mum isn’t being truthful though, she couldn’t care less
and neither could i

Birds Can Heal Through Water by Robert Chapman (Open Age)

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