MAG Poetry Competition 2010 - search for new poems

About 80% of the participants in the 2010 poetry competition wished their poems to remain viewable on the website. Check these out here:

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Race to the sky

by Samuel Fold

Dead of night and where it begins, Is in that spacious attic room. Old toys and dust bunnies tumble from split boxes, Spiders webs lit in moonlit shafts and troubled Imaginations light fires in worn books. The secrets we learn, we learn them here. And flee.
And the way it goes is just that way you know, With tear-drops and tea cups and sunlight sun spots, Know the faces, love them, love them. Love them even more in memories.
Creeping over cracked worn floorboards Knowing where to place your feet While your heart pounds and imagination flowers in The young black night. Be cloaked and calmed While dust winks in the moonlight And she from the other place Nods her quiet approval.
And the way it goes is just that way you know, With tear-drops and tea cups and sunlight sun spots. That's just the way it goes with love, We change and yet we stay the same.

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After Summer

by Sarah-Jane Tweed

The sun in its best gown
unstitches rain from windscreens.

A pail of wasps pester hub-

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Our Technology in a Hungry World

by Sean Joyce

The children on the dark forgotten line
The line outside the side that has the dosh
The dosh that was intended for the stuff
the stuff of which there never is enough

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When Poems Happen

by Sean Joyce

Poems know more than the poet
knows or the reader learns. It's a
séance in library without lights

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My Parents' Bedroom

by Sharon Black

They slept in an ocean liner,
a padded, studded headboard at the bow.
Straight across the hall from mine,
it gleamed like royalty.

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Siesta

by Sharon Black

Lizards line the lintels;
cats stretch out like pelts
to sip at pockets of shade,
too tired to twitch at passing flies.

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Mum You are the Best

by Shola Delip

You are the cushion when I fall,
You support me when I call,
You give me guidance when I ask,
You are the master of every task.

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Becoming Whole

by Shona Albouy

Your back barred the door
which banged behind you;
Bolt dropped -
you were gone.

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5 Year Olds On The Beach

by Shona Hicks

Truck drivers and firemen
with zinc covered noses
Ballerinas' dancing with seaweed roses
Big dreams in hand

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Forsaken Childhood

by Shona Hicks

Teddy & I couldn't sleep without each other
We danced each night to sweet, far away music
Hidden under cubby blankets.
We laughed, even knowing that the music

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