Next week we will launch our annual poetry competition for young people in Cumbria. All in Cumbria schools, primary and secondary, can enter, and if you want to start planning now, the theme this year is Milestones.
Meanwhile, we want to remind you about our previous winners, so each day for a week we plan to publish the poems that have stolen our judges’ hearts so far. Today we re-visit 2015 when the theme was “I wandered…” and our winner was Jessica Dickinson, who was 13 at the time, from Keswick School.
I wandered into my childhood,
Reminiscing one autumn day…
My creased eyes saw with joy
Each defining moment that shaped my mind, my life,
What treasures did I discover anew?
Fireworks shining in my mum’s eyes,
A swing to carry me to the top of the world,
A witch’s hat; a twinkling pumpkin greeting us and our tricks,
Santa, vibrant red, and a kind smile,
Summer days to run free and wild,
Oh no; that clown, a puppet, evil smile
Put him AWAY
A perfumed hug, everything’s OK
Colouring shapes on rainy days
My foot traces patterns on a sandy beach,
Laughing with friends until I cry,
And now but now, all my days are Autumn,
Winter draws close
Gnarled knotty hands, gnarled knotty trees,
Time to hibernate?
But my memories, like a toasty heart-warming fire keeping me aglow
The jigsaw of me.