Winners: Open Poetry 2014

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Here are the winning entries for the 2014 open poetry competition, judged by James Nash.

You can also see the full list of the results.

First Prize Winner

Forgiveness by Tracy Davidson
I wince every time a nail is driven in,
even though I'm the one wielding the hammer.

I try to ignore the cries of the women
pleading for mercy, for the pain to stop.

I avert my eyes from the fear reflected
in those of the condemned, bite back the pity.

This one's different. I sense no fear in him,
feel no resistance when I seize his wrists.

His eyes call to me. There's a calmness in them,
an acceptance of his fate, and…forgiveness.

His gaze never wavers as I complete my task,
an unfamiliar lump constricting my throat.

I cannot explain the wetness on my cheeks
as he is hauled up, the cross fixed in place.

Nor can I explain the wave of love that flows
through me as he dies and the earth cracks beneath my feet.

Second Prize Winner

Birthday Cake for Arthur by Caroline Bennett
You chose this wife,
this life,
this crazy cake
flawed full of anxious love.
Too long in the heat she burns,
Sloping sides and breadknife scars,
the baker's baffled woe.

You measure carefully.
The cake you make has fingersprung gold even depths,
Each slice loyal.
You add crackle and light
to please my clapping child.

Each year I make my cake
with the wrong ingredients,
and love.
Which is all I have.
You eat it anyway.
You chose this wife,
this life,
this crazy cake.

Third Prize Winner

Dawn's Black Rock Hens by Sue Moules
You chose this wife,
this life,
this crazy cake
flawed full of anxious love.
Too long in the heat she burns,
Sloping sides and breadknife scars,
the baker's baffled woe.

You measure carefully.
The cake you make has fingersprung gold even depths,
Each slice loyal.
You add crackle and light
to please my clapping child.

Each year I make my cake
with the wrong ingredients,
and love.
Which is all I have.
You eat it anyway.
You chose this wife,
this life,
this crazy cake.
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Author: Kevin Machin Date: January 11, 2015 9:11 pm
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