MAG Poetry Competition 2011 - search for new poems

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HURT AND HATRED

by TIM SANSOM

If I ignore your hurtful letter
Please don’t think that means I agree with what you accuse me of
And please don’t see my humble silence as an admission of guilt

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THE COMPETITORS

by TIM SANSOM

How about that?

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MATHEMATICS

by TIM SANSOM

Can I ever say anything outside of the bed
Of all that which has already been said ?
Can I philosophise on what I’ve observed
In such a way that is fresh or unheard ?

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HATS

by TIM SANSOM

The bigot needs to move indelicately.

The image keeps his secrets safe, though he himself forgets them.

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KIAGWARE ( Kee-a-gwar-ree)

by TIM SANSOM

Two hundred miles from basic roads at West Kenya’s first light
Are the Kiagware hardships of the Kiagware plight.
Malaria unrelenting kills ten children here each week
Their diagnoses comes too late their prognosis too bleak.

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Voyage

by Tom Riordan

My parents are moving, and though they're moving much closer to my house,
it feels like they're moving farther off. They won't be “there,” and the new place
isn't on my mental map but on that plane where fearless mariners
and optimistic suicides sail.

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Point of Transit

by Tony Devlin

Point of Transit

His spirit went walking in those times
across Galilee, hoping for an epiphany

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I AM SIX

by tracey simmons

I am sx and all alone, i have no chance to ever go home
I'm lying in acoma in a childrens hospital & daddy wants to pull the
plug on me, so all i have left is mommy She comes to my bedside
everyday i wish i could talk and beg her to stay

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Chant

by Tracey Waterhouse

Show me a door and I will not close it
Show me a path and I will wonder down it
Show me a meal and I will devour it
Show me dirt and I will clean it

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The Homeless Man

by Travis Day

Bright star in the sky; a beacon of light to bring in all boats and ships on the crashing waves,
confused and wandering in all directions.

A homeless man will calm the waves and storms; he will become a lighthouse to show them

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