Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

WOOTTON BASSETT GATEWAY

by Andrena Yeats

Three deep we stand waiting,
an invisible shroud binds us together,
a pressure all carry of history being made.
Tell us there's a reason, so we can bear it
for those heavy with grief
and know helplessness in war.
We are the conscience of the nation,
our silence and dignity more eloquent,
more moving than words of clever orators
who sit in power around politics' table.
We beseech them to join us in one voice
and cry, enough, no more, no more.

Added: 15.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem

06.05.2010

Poignant. Very powerful ending. Not sure what "those heavy with grief and know helplessness in war" means - this weakens the middle section.

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