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. Back in 2016 our theme was Mind the Gap and our winner was 14 year old Jacob Currie from Furness Academy.
THE GAP IN LIFE
Climbing the mountains
The gushing streams flow through your mind
Your feet patter over the moss covered boulders
As you set off on your journey
The jumps you must leap
As you hold your fathers hand
Just in case he’s scared
You bound across the emerald – green fields
The vanishing horizon turning pink, purple, and then black
The stars in the sky glimmer like the excitement in your eyes
Your pace getting slower
Until you come to a stop
And see the gap
Between man and nature
The beauty of the little daisy by your foot
Compared to the billowing smoke from the factories
The sparkling night sky covered by fog and smoke
But you know
Above you there’s a whole new adventure
Waiting for your feet to wander over the newly paved paths
Just for you.