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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2018 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Picturesque by Aisha Wilson (First Prize)

A Haiku for Ants by Grace Xu (Second Prize)

The Start of Leaving by Heidi Leeman (Third Prize)

The Second When Nothing Happened by Penelope Duran (Highly Commended)

Megane - Glasses by Grace Xu (Highly Commended)

I broke my glasses yesterday
I’m not sure what happened
They were happily upon my nose
Hugging my porous face
Then, a magic trick
A disappearance of great mystery
I stepped forward
A piteous crunch
Beneath my soles
What a shame, what a shame
No glass between me and the world
No screen for me to watch through
All those years I lived my life
Like my mother, before a telly
But mine was a prescription
-14.00 to be exact
No matter, no matter
But my spare pair was not to be found
Uneaten by the dusty sofa
Absent from the bedside drawer
Who knew eyewear could be such escape artists
A regular Houdini
I have a business trip to Japan today
A week of sightlessness ahead
I hope my optometrist misses me
They’re the only one who calls
To wish me happy birthday
I arrive with them on my mind
Myopic and vulnerable and in Tokyo
What am I doing? What am I doing?
Faces melted together
Eyes, nose, mouth
Like vellum
I want to draw their smiles back in
How else do I know they like me?
Someone approaches
A facade as featureless as paper
These are origami people
A thousand of them will not save me
Radiation eats everything
The someone asks in a foreign tongue
A high pitched voice
A flight attendant
But I don’t like Japanese
The vowel separated sounds
Why can’t they let consonants be free
Unburdened by blinders of ‘a’s and ‘e’s and ‘i’s
Of ‘o’s and ‘u’s and the occasional ‘n’
I run out the airport
Offended by this slavery of words
The muddled hieroglyphics that they write in
Taxi, taxi
Save me from this society
Collapse in the back seat
Take me anywhere
We arrive in a world of noise
I throw money at him
It’s not the right currency
He complains but drives off
And I am on the streets
Of the biggest city in the world
This is quite the conundrum
Surrounded by colour
Fluorescent signs
Neon fake words
A bokeh of hues and shapes
Over and over again
38 million voices speaking
In an orchestra of broken syllables
The sky wants to be navy and dotted
A fine work of pointillism
But the barrage of light from earth
Winks out the stars
And bleaches the atmosphere
Pink and yellow
They are the ugliest colours
At least they are not touching me
I sit on the curb
I left my suitcase behind
I imagine it going around the baggage carousel
Around and around and around
I hope it’s having fun
I wish I didn’t break my glasses yesterday

Mother by Grace Xu (Highly Commended)

Patchwork Heart by Yehezq'El Schuster (Highly Commended)

A Message from the Sky by Grace Xu (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years