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2020 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

Flame by Isobel Riches (5-17 Years)

The fire wolf howls
A cry of rage and anger
His flickering tail setting alight
A pile of dry gum leaves

The dingoes howl at these intruders
Growling at them to be gone
But the fire wolves only cackle and sneer
And smirk at the dingoes’ attempts to rid the bush of the fire

Bored with the dingoes’ desperate attempts to rid them from the forest
The wolves rush in like a wave
A wave of pure concentrated flames and fury
Flickering tails wave in malicious pleasure
As the fire consumes the forest

The bush animals run
Screeching in distress
The dingoes at the lead
The fire wolves pursue the other animals relentlessly
Hunger sharp in their gazes

But before the wolves can catch their prey
Before they can burn the animals and trees to piles of cinders
The water falls
Tumbling from the human’s flying red metal bird

The fire wolves howl in pain
Their flames once red and bright
Fade to a sickly yellow
As the fire wolves slowly die

A human dressed in PPE enters the bush purposefully
With little difficulty he finds a small, brown, stubby stick
Ringed with white around the edge
The human snorts in disgust at the stick and strides out of the forest

The bush animals stare in wonder and awe
Gaping at how the human picked up the fire wolves’ den
From which they emerged
After being thrown from a human’s car

Musings and Meanderings by Tim Collins (Open Age)

by St Thomas More College (School Award)

2020 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2020 Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

2020 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2020 Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

2020 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years