Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010


by Amneet Sahni

She's no longer warm, with a sharp coldness
seeping through the body
she is warm, with a rising heat.
Nothing can freeze her.

The frost was second nature,
hardening every muscle,
every inch of one human being,
covered in stone.

But the heat broke through her aching bones.

she greets the flames as they return,
as if they always belonged,
a certain essence of fate lingers through the smoke,
through the flame,
through her life.

The new sensation, almost unbearable,
as arson becomes a friend.
She'll never return to the glaciers,
as she finds solace in the heat. 

Added: 01.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem


I really liked the extremes of temperature that this poem conjured up.