The Henry Lawson Festival statuette for the best poem has been awarded to local primary student Connor Day.The judging for the 2013 Verse and Short Story competition for the Henry Lawson Festival has been completed and all the winners’ names are published on the Festival website. For what is believed to be the first time in the history of the Henry Lawson Festival, the statuette for the best poem has been awarded to a school student. Even better, it has been awarded to local primary school student Connor Day (pictured right), son of Craig and Cath Day. Connor was previously a prize winner in the 2012 Verse competition, receiving a Highly Commended in the Primary School section.
There were 169 Verse entries from all over Australia and most of them were written by adults, many of them experienced writers, including at least one previous statuette winner and several previous award winners. So this is an extraordinary achievement for Connor.
In summing up about all the entries the verse judge commented “….Some of these poems are now in my heart and verses shall surface in my mind and become part of my experience. The poem that has done this the most and incorporated many elements of memorable poetry is Dusk.”
Below is Connor’s award winning poem ‘Dusk’. We hope this success will encourage Connor to continue with his writing. Who knows, perhaps he will be Grenfell’s next Henry Lawson.
The sun falls behind the hills.
Birds settle down for the night:
Peewees greet their partners, swooping up and down;
Dancing and roosting on the power lines are the sparrows;
As noise reduces, a last pair of rosellas sprint home as the sun’s light disappears.
In the distance, the noise of a tractor moves through the valley.
The sun’s orange glow pixelates the old gum trees on the hill’s crest,
Outlining their leaves and branches against the sky.
A last kookaburra has the day’s final laugh.
And then, just like the birds,
Dad returns home for the night.
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