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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

Rough Country by David Gagen (First Prize)

Dun Waiting by Maureen Clifford (Second Prize)

For King and Country Roads by Maureen Clifford (Third Prize)

He used to be a trucky but the war gods rang the bell
calling for king and country, calling COOO-EEE. Was the knell
of distant bells heard here at all? Seems not, for all the blokes
were signing up to fight – a ripper stoush, a bloody joke.

They thronged the harbour walls to wave the men a fond farewell.
The old Queen in the harbour wore her battle shades as well
on this day bright and sunny with the air warm, crisp and clean –
unlike where they were going to become a war machine…

The old homestead abandoned now – they left when Jack was killed
around the fields lie fallow all neglected and untilled.
No smoke comes from the chimney and no light shines from the door
the heart of this house left the day that young Jack went to war.

The photos in the album show a picture of those times.
There’s Jack, that young, good looking bloke, and hiding there behind
was Mum – somewhat embarrassed in that tent dress of bright blue
that hid her advanced pregnancy . Yes son, that bump was you.

Geraniums bloomed brightly in the garden near the door
whose white paint fairly sparkled, as did the kitchen floor.
There was washing on the clothesline – ‘twas a bright and sunny day;
surrounding fields were golden with the promise of fresh hay

He drove the highways daily, travelled miles across this land.
Its solitude gave his thoughts rein, he thought about the man,
the Grandfather he never met, who forfeited the chance
the day he disembarked with mates upon the shores of France.

His Dad too was a trucky – of a modest little rig
unlike the huge road train his son drove –that combo was big .
A huge Kenny – a freightliner – an eighteen speed machine
King of the road, with guts and grunt, and power to spare and mean.

And sometimes when he had the time a small detour he took
along the track, out past the farm, taking the time to look
and see the land Gramps died for and in his mind he saw
again, blood red geraniums still blooming round the door.

Conversations with the Bitch by Leonie Parker (Highly Commended)

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other 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