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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

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

Zipper by Sonya Frossine (First Prize)

Marking of a Printed Title by Sidney Boen (Second Prize)

Lament for Bruadair by Clare O’Sullivan (Third Prize)

Commuter’s Requiem by Luke Bradshaw Poier (Highly Commended)

Rain has done its part when no one is looking.
Approving.
A good Samaritan washing the street.
I step into 5 a.m. purgatory.
Oil wedded to bitumen elopes with the
sole of my shoes.
Leather blues.
Walk.
Down the dark pavement, river of pitch, 
through low light, a house. Number 21. 
23. 
25. 
And more
all roov’d pebbles, arranged in lines and lanes
sand grains with picket fences face a concrete beach.
A crab escapes his hole to sea pilgrimage
and moonbeams drip, splash onto 
molasses waves. 
Together we scrabble among the sand pebbles
among the redbrick pebbles
window-framed pebbles
Walk to the seashore. 
Then wait.
Listen for the bus engine’s pucker. 
It’s late.
I grow deaf at dawn’s cacophony. Damn birds, 
be 
gone.
And then it arrives. Eventually. Late again.
Driver’s ridiculous smile.
Nod, nod at his apology for making me wait. Too late.
Look down. My watch a metronome, sinless, precise.
The driver’s radio sparkles to life.
Vietnam. Again.
Words from silence 
effervesce.
Saigon can fall. Be damned, all. So long as the bus is on time 
tomorrow.
Silence. Brakes squeal.
Disembark and disappear. 
A million black suits, surging, rippling tide.
A river of pitch, between
steel-glass blades on city streets
like leaves of grass.
Latin on the lintel, reputable:
~Klein, Emerson, Longman~
Partners in Law
Mount the steps. Look down. 
Damp coat and leather shoes. My smile imprisoned in the glass.
Respectable,
I open the door. Commuter’s requiem. 
And begin.

The Man from Serayu River, an adaption of Banjo Patterson’s poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ by Emily Bradley (Highly Commended)

Outro Requiem by Isabel Longbottom (Highly Commended)

Have you heard of the girl who breathes flowers? by Lauren Rawlings (Highly Commended)

Mum by Rahim Mohammadi (Highly Commended)

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