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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Easter at the Coast by David Gagen (First Prize)

Where is Maggie Thatcher? by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

Where is Maggie Thatcher?
Too stretched, this conversation,
spanning childhood till now.
Patterns of treachery and trajectory
ingrained in each sentence and sentiment.
She shuffles with a Zimmer frame,
annoyed that, unlike flesh and blood,
it refuses to bend to her iron will
doing only what it was meant to;
assist her.
The skeleton wheels her slowly,
deliberately to a destination somewhere
concealed or misplaced in delivery.
Through relentless journeying its
all but forgotten.
Where are the minutes of the meetings?
She had governed with such precision.
Why is the tea tray empty of scones ?
The queen will be disappointed
as will her ministers.
Confounded showering, she did not order!
Nor the impudent pup
clawing at her dressing gown,
now lathering her leathery back.
Don’t they know!
She will be late for the first sitting
of the house of commons
while strapped to this bed waiting
for a lunch she didn’t want.
God, the Russians were kinder.
No one to converse with,
No Polly or unionist: most gone in any case.
But remembered, still in the recesses
of a once agile mind that rendered
Scargil to a dribbling geriatric.
She giggles her own private joke ….
Those miners thought they’d stop my nation!
In their dreams! She turns in her sleep.
Their bleeding protests moved her, not.
Jobs crushed by her pen.
And where is mummy, will father come latter?
She is next to perform, will she
curtsey to no one; an empty hall where
no one is home.
Is that you my darling, my Dennis?
She knows at least this for certain.
that the dust bins have been taken out.
He knows what to do,
that she can’t.
She fumbles with a buzzer, cries out in pain,
remembering their song.
A voice sings clearly and sweetly.
Sweet melody remembered
but not the words.
How now could pills be forced into this mouth,
jaw clenched tight.
If only such authoritative tones could still
render the approaching medic helpless
She would bellow
“NO!”
But all that is coughed up are fragments
of the nursery long gone
“How Now Brown Cow”

When Gods Rules the Waves by David Gagen (Third Prize)

Behind a Perspex Screen by Leonie Parker (Highly Commended)

War on Terror by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

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

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