Winners 2007

Alice Howlett (Commended)

St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh

Before Dawn

Looking for stars as you sleep, and missing them, drowsily I know
that if I could, I’d take you somewhere the weather tells us yes
and doesn’t toss and turn, moan, blearily roll over;
I’ve had enough of this sullen chill, this hibernating sky.
With a short sharp lift, we’d leave this wet November
and we’d rise, freed, paper-lantern-like from Edinburgh
into higher, thinner air; and then the stars we’d see, your face
tight against the window, would challenge us to keep on loving
our city’s nightly glitter: Arcturus, Vega, and galaxies, nebulae,
indistinct, radiant; and I’d feel a subtle surge that meant we were
part of something greater, far greater, and you’d nestle back down,
your head on my shoulder, until it was time to wake you.

Project Details

  • Date February 8, 2015
  • Tags 2007 Flight - Winning Poems