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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

Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins by Vanessa Page (First Prize)

Circa 1928 by P.S Cottier (Second Prize)

An Ode to the F-111 by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

As a greying old pacifist hippie, 
who like most had a penchant to roam, 
I had found myself living in Ippie. 
I was new to the place you called home.
I remember the first time I saw you. 
How I gasped as you lit up the sky.
Just another who’d come to adore you
and believe that you never could die.
From a youth that was awkward and stinging 
you would rise like a phoenix in flight 
and with thunderous power go winging, 
afire to conquer the night.
A millennium memory lingers
of you stealing the show at ‘The Games’ 
while I watched, opened mouthed behind fingers, 
as you swooped in and captured the flames.
You were born of another conception, 
a machine made for stealth and for war, 
not the popular peaceful perception 
of delighting the crowds when you roar.
But that is how you’ll be remembered, 
an epitaph richly deserved.
Whether cut up for scrap or dismembered 
your history page is reserved.
For the years tend to treat us unkindly, 
one and all, you were never immune. 
You flew on, all unwittingly, blindly, 
in a world that was changing its tune.
Now I look to the skies above Ippie
when I hear that old thunder on high. 
Your replacements are clever and zippy
but it’s you that I miss passing by.

Double Take by Bernadette Whisson (Highly Commended)

Outside the Lines by Joe Dolce (Highly Commended)

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

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