Winners 2016: First prize
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
Your lawn chair holds a pale absence;
A tulip dies, falls back against the fence,
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,
Harpoons, moons and crows: everything dark –
Seaweed, oil, the time around stars;
And olive stones.
So, how does it feel to have won?
From unplaced entrant one year to winner the next
If at first you don’t succeed…
Let the poem come to you
The most amazing experience
- Date April 20, 2016
- Tags 2016 Wonder - Winning Poems