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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)

The grainy film captures the moment.
He disappears from view
As the wave arcs over him,
Inside its belly he waits.
Time stands still, and it is 1974 again.
Before Kelly & Occhie, Joel & Mick,
He was there,
Emerging from the barrel,
Knees bent, body low,
His right hand points at the wall,
Fingers flick the foam,
And he is free.
The speed and the cut-back,
Savage and deep,
A spear through the wave,
He pushes against the sea,
Always at Kirra,
And Burleigh,
And Bells.
The camera captures him so young,
The aviator glasses shutting out
The terrestrial world,
Always on the verge of something big,
Of some immense victory,
Before the Fall.
He was a ghost,
Appearing suddenly with the swell,
His language was the sea and the ocean’s flow,
His poem, the ride across the face,
A victory over the giant undertow.
Those waves would always roll in
For him.
And then like a phantom
He was gone.
The psychedelic haze,
Stole him from the sea.
He tried to outrun them all,
The chase on land,
so much harder
Than the tidal surge.
They put sparks in his head,
Sent him home for life after surfing.
He was lost from time,
These last years,
And as if to mock us all
The sand blocks up the beach,
And stops the waves,
The famous Kirra break
No more.
Now he is MP, the legend,
But as the film flickers to an end,
I see him stride from the ocean,
He runs through the throng,
A final victory over the waves,
And the restless sand,
There is a smile on his face, so perfect,
A time when Gods ruled the waves,
Always at Kirra,
And Burleigh,
And Bells.

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