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Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

War Lion by Tessa Quinlan (1st)

A Good Morning by Holly Wallman-Craddock (2nd)

City skylines at twilight,
starry eyes at midnight,
classic 5am sights,
morning is on its way…
Earth is opening its eyes.

The world is waking up:
houses are whispering good morning,
alarm clocks are yelling,
children are running,
mattresses are shaking people off.

To-do lists are being checked
with resounding cries of ‘I almost forgot’
as dogs race down halls
knocking over cereal bowls –
paper towels sing hearty songs.

Phones buzz with impatient cries,
slippers waltz off feet with a sigh,
shoelaces are being tied,
while echoes of ‘have you seen my…’
are met with ‘no’ as a reply.

Pyjamas are being swapped
for t-shirts put on backwards in the dark,
kettles are boiling in anticipation
for their routine embrace with coffee
poured into travel mugs.

Cars in driveways are warming up,
gas is turning into spirals of frost,
the moon is lazily shifting for the sun,
feet are welcoming odd socks
(their partners disappeared in the wash).

Hair is being tamed with a brush,
bags are being packed in a rush,
shoes are clicking down halls,
keys are turning in locks,
doors are slamming shut.

Music is crackling to life
as teenagers open Spotify –
songs stifle yawns as they play,
CDs glare in jealousy,
birds sing their own symphonies.

Cars sleepwalk to workplaces and schools,
as their engines impatiently snore
parents cry out ‘see you after school’
before briefcases dance excitedly
into neat office stalls.

Paperwork lands on coffee-stained desks,
everyone has ten thousand emails to check,
the day flies by with the flurried steps
of people longingly awaiting five pm-
keys finally turn in locks again.

Work clothes are gratefully shed
for comfortable pyjamas
and familiar, welcoming beds.
Then the cycle repeats again
and the next good morning beckons.

To Split A Pomegranate by Helen Lovegrove (3rd)

He Stole Excalibur from a Pawn Shop by Kirra Watkins (Highly Commended)

JUST S(T)AY by Sally Bailey (Highly Commended)

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

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

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards