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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)

Musings and Meanderings by Tim Collins (Open Age)

Musings and Meanderings

Butterfly! These words
 from my brush
 are not flowers…
only their shadows.   Soseki.

The speech of smoke, mountains.

after his father he runs, feet inked in red soil
with the twill pattern of grasses bending.

The spell of ink, narrative.

his eyes scale the fathoms of sky, words of books
nation his thoughts and a bird stops flying.

The smelly hot water, tinny.

ants witter inaudibly and stage-play their
dowry, fifteen inches underground, as it rains.

The sign of sounds, streets.

laundered and black glossed, his trousers
ransom and outlaw the dance floor.

The feel of thought, visitors.

in a baptistery a fallen mosaic tile is replaced
and a shadow is suddenly hung incorrectly.

The taste of waiting, trees.

a bee rests above the soil on a pivoted rock
dead leaves and broken twigs watch instantly.

The shape of things, parking.

when she arrives down river there are pulsed
vibrations through the planking and his legs.

The colour of distance, horizon.

on seeing the moon through the aperture
the craters like emptied kernels of wheat.

The tone of hair, windy.

on a white-grey concrete slab hopscotch lines
drawn with wavy chalk marks, flagstones.

The face of life, wrinkles.

with the sun syrupped in the western sky
coloured birds fly through the open house.

The mood of love, time.

each dug out eye was placed in the boy’s hands
black crystal eyes flecked in scales of shine.

The touch of charcoal, money.

in the sand the thin grasses whisper the words
of feathers as whale bones bleach and crumble.

The look of death, slow.

the crickets make tongue clicks, a door slams
an eyelash left on the marble bench top, dries.

The pace of oldness, orchids.

the mangrove swamp glued into the landscape,
the wallowing sound of earth moving equipment.

The flow of mist, rust.

on their anniversary he gave her a bracelet of tears
and a necklace full of scars as dry as old wormwood.

The patch of grass, caves.

the letter burnt in the ash tray, the envelope wet
on the table from the cut and seeping eggplant.

The safety of poetry, saddles.

in the light box the shrivelled remains of two
balls in a bag, once a laden money belt, cut.

The silence of snow, weight.

grass stuck together, bent over like cat’s licked fur,
powdering wattles, flaking sunlight, a sagging back.

The shuffle of papers, horses.

gossamer breaths warming the crib, shadows genuflect,
the click and throb of the ceiling fan, old fires burn.

The smoke of woodlands, church.

the ship like a house collapses itself over
each barrelled wave, the rigging squawks.

The words of eulogies, rocks.

they drag the memories over cracked earth
with dogs of dust and curling fires, a white cross.

The size of things, voices.

the horses cry for colour in their sleep
there is never a sunrise on any Sunday.

The door of dreams, salt.

in a cave, wet stones, pearled hidden light
water jabs through the mossed wall.

The peace of flowers, talk.

a child traces the prints of a dog across river silt
as an acrobat checks his bindings in darkness.

The kick of spray, harem.

she holds a bone to the dog’s mouth
overhead helicopters skit the neighbourhood.

The chain of shells, telegraph.

in a tiny cramped room a man writes
in a blur of ink about a shaded river

The cloud of sparks, stooping.

a prayer from a scripture not from a
sprawling novel, lambs were slaughtered.

The waves of bark, erased.

the cow has a rolling eye, there is dust
with the neck drawn back, knotted death.

The juice of nuts, willow.

on an old bridge a memory is swept back,
with souvenirs in her eyes, she laughs.

The turn of seeds, needles.

corn silt on his hands, tighten the halter,
moonlight on thistles wet with old dew.

The fog of gasoline, reptiles.

on a sandstone cliff just scattered breeze
a bicycle rusty, her hair painting her face.

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