MAG Poetry Competition 2011 - search for new poems

About 44% of the participants in the 2011 poetry competition wished their poems to remain viewable on the website. Check these out here:

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SNAKE CHARMER

by FRANCES BAILLIE

SNAKE CHARMER

In a world of
panters and sniffers

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Ruby and Me at Baby Clinic

by Francesca McMahon

We dig an escape route
underneath the sink,
tunnel across the road,
fetch up in the Health Centre.

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Mother

by Freda Ellis

With a child’s voice I said can I come with you.
She said no and cried for days.

They came into the room, worn faces down, nervous of me.

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Gandhi's Beautiful Mind

by Gabriel Esparza

Our nation the greatest... her citizens whom inhabit the falsest
Peace and non-violence collaborated in Gandhi’s mind until his arrest
Enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not his greed he professed
Green backs todays chronic admit it let’s be honest

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Idea of Love

by Gabriel Esparza

Written is this poem in prose as I doze
It has no beginning, no end, I suppose
An idea of love I proposed long ago
To a young girl who did not believe, "let me go"

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Hearing Without Listening: Uluru and the Pitjantjatjara Aborigines

by Gabrielle Lockwood

You found us, but we didn't ask to be found,
For you arrived, but we were here first,
And you saw us, but you didn't observe us,
You therefore acknowledged us, but you didn't learn from us.

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Mixed Realities

by Gabrielle Lockwood

Which reality do we live in?
The one where our minds are,
where our dreams, our fantasies, our fears and our worries roam,
where it's difficult to detect who people really are, but identities may be leaked out,

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Desire

by Gary Nelson

You there, dawdling in a chair in the bookstore cafe,
sipping on coffee and reading nothing but people like me,
I can tell you this much: If you were capable of understanding someone
quickly and easily as the taste you taste

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Twins

by Gary Nelson

On the anniversary, 150 years mostly forgotten,
historians celebrated the first battle of the War Between the States,
the "civil" war. I listened to public radio and heard the news:
Only one man of many died that day, and that a mistake

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Jill

by Gary Nelson

Centuries ago, before it could be seen but merely envisioned,
someone theorized unseen small particles bind together
the larger visible ones of the known world, and some energy
like empathy keeps them homogenous, from scattering into larger spaces.

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