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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)

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

Behind a Perspex Screen by Leonie Parker (Highly Commended)

They built a screen of perspex in their gallery of art,
a place where such as I can still belong.
A monument to yesterday, though I still have a part
to play, much like an old familiar song.

I’m dirty, dark and dusty with a legacy of death.
Conversely I’m the power of the light.
A fossil of Gondwanaland, a nation’s first drawn breath,
worshipped as the victor of the night.

My sycophants surround me and I give them leave to play,
my bounty is the riches they desire.
I fill their greedy coffers but there’ll be a price to pay,
environmental debt to fuel my fire.

I gave birth to a city and I served that city well,
though some will only see the scars I leave.
I helped her grow and prosper, but a glimpse of purest hell
saw my infant city learn to grieve.

I watched her heal and strengthen, now a jewel in the crown,
respected by her peers in the main,
becoming quite the lady, shaking off her dusty gown.
My influence on her begins to wane.

My days may soon be numbered; I can feel the winds of change.
My sycophants are fewer than before.
The sun and wind negotiate an energy exchange,
cleaner than the dusty days of yore.

But I have earned my place here deep within my city’s heart,
though place where most will pass me by, unseen.
A diamond in the rough befits a gallery of art
… a wall of coal behind a perspex screen.

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