Winners 2016: First prize

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Ashani Lewis (Winner)

The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

Flowers From The Dark

She is quiet,
With skin as tight as the wheeling crows:
She kneels over the dirt and grows
The roses.
Your lawn chair holds a pale absence;
A tulip dies, falls back against the fence,
And decomposes.

You watch her.
(And from her fair and unpolluted flesh)
The shadows on the windowsill – fresh
Break up the clean square of light,
And, thoughtless, obstruct the sight
Of her silence.

She grows the flowers
For you. From loam and wombs,
The pits of eyes and empty rooms,
From hipbones,
Harpoons, moons and crows: everything dark –
Seaweed, oil, the time around stars;
And olive stones.

So, how does it feel to have won?

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From unplaced entrant one year to winner the next

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If at first you don’t succeed…

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Let the poem come to you

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The most amazing experience

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Project Details

  • Date April 20, 2016
  • Tags 2016 Wonder - Winning Poems