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2019 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Cross Words by Penelope Duran (1st)

Wash, Rinse, Repeat by Penelope Duran (2nd)

Shampoo bottle labels and stained hands,
Branded by the blood and the sands,
Wash, rinse, repeat to make it all disappear,
But never again will the water be clear.

The shower’s waterfall flows over me,
Already washed by myself repeatedly,
Still ruined, stained with hope out of reach,
Cannot forget what happened at the beach.

Waves brushed the shore again and again,
He gripped my hand tightly without end,
Loved him and hated him — bond dysfunctional,
Swept away by waves, men and now untouchable.

I wash once, twice, relentless countless times,
His cries, playing again and again in my mind,
His luminous green eyes ever taunting me,
If it didn’t happen, how would things be?

Wish him back, for better or worse — impossible,
At least for now my stained soul is incurable,
I’m Lady Macbeth forever scrubbing my hands,
Persistent blood stains greeting my every glance.

I remember the winds howling across the sand,
And relive again the loss on the strand,
For a moment I see him outside the shower door,
With his eyes as luminous as ever before.

Cerulean by Penelope Duran (3rd)

Soft Morning by Maja Vasic (Highly Commended)

Father Time by Allegra Pestell (Highly Commended)

Coughing up Wildflowers by Hunter Smith (Highly Commended)

This System by Sophie van der Helder (Highly Commended)

Her Own Knight by Penelope Duran (Highly Commended)

Hermann Göring by Oscar Townsend (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years