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2021 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age Poetry

2021 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2021 Broderick Family Awards – 14-17 Years

To Be a Moth in a Butterfly Garden by Syazwani Saifudin (1st Place)

Crying at the Nail Salon by Josie Minz (2nd Place)

family portrait carved in wood by Syazwani Saifudin (3rd Place)

riptide by Portia Claire Hoole (Highly Commended)

Ambedo Street by Sarah Campbell (Highly Commended)

listen by Syazwani Saifudin (Highly Commended)

Her by Grace Lloyd (Highly Commended)

Little Blue by Katelyn Fanlagan (Highly Commended)

Our Sacred Land by Amaeh Reed (Highly Commended)

Tempest by Melody Cherrie (Highly Commended)

We aren’t in the same boat,
we are merely in
the same storm.

You sip a pricey citrus chardonnay
on your opulent yacht
while I cling to driftwood
on the cusp of drowning.

My hope is tearing
tearing
tearing
torn.

I don’t have the energy to weep.
I’m too tired from shivering.
Trying to find warmth within my bones
is impossible.

My body is wearing
wearing
wearing
worn.

Your gargantuan haven dodges lightning
like my rotting plank never could.
You’re in sight.
Maybe there is hope…

My withering body you’re seeing
seeing
seeing
saw.

You’re hardly struggling through the storm
while I’m a victim of the tempest
but you see your slight hardship
as more important than mine
and I find that unfathomable –
much like the ominous cerulean ditch
beneath my treading feet.

Glistening waves lap gently against your vessel
as you sit perched calmly above,
so why do sinister ones drag me deep
leaving even my driftwood
out of reach?

My time has come.
I’m going
going
going
gone.

We aren’t in the same boat,
we are merely in the same storm,
and that is where the difference lies.
That is where society lies.
The boat does matter if you want to survive.

2021 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 11-13 years

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years