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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)

is to have 6 legs, 2 wings and 1 pair of antennae
capable of blending into, never joining
the chaotic grace of the kaleidoscope
as it obliviously assumes an alluring parade
of flashing colours, poignant elegance
and universally acknowledged beauty

                                                            is to hide, amongst the scraggly groundcover, near the glass walls
                                                            away from sight and the flower-lined paths
                                                            for fear of getting crushed under the same sweat-slicked hands that cradled
                                                            a butterfly in the left and took a photo with it using the right

is to emerge, only when the guests are gone, under the dark velvet sky
to do at night what bees and butterflies are venerated for during the day
in a garden now swept by a broom of silence and solitude

                                                            is to observe, beauty but never one’s own, striving to emulate grace
                                                            on the borders of destruction, attempting to shed dull colours

is to die,

                                  with weeds 

that                                                         share the

                          plight

of                                                                                  arbitrary

ugliness

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)

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

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years