Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

20 FOOT TALL

by Andy Gardiner

As
morning sun is on my back,

I walk along a
dusty track.

I see a man before my eyes,
And
marvel at his awesome size.


I
move ahead along the road,

Burdened by my
heavy load.

But he just moves so easily,
This
man as tall, as a tree.


His
strides so small, he matches me,

Goes
where I go, so carefully.

I really like my
new best friend,

But will he stay until the
end?


As
noon approaches, he changes pace,

I
get to sense his smiling face.

But
as I stop, to take a drink,

My friend begins
to shrink and shrink.


Then
I turn, and he has gone,

A friend beloved,
as the sun shone.

I pray he will remember
me,

As I do him, so tenderly.

That
in this way of pilgrim pace,

He
left a smile upon my face.

For He were me,
and I were He,

A quiet friend he helped me
be.

Added: 24.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem

08.05.2010

I really liked the structure of this poem, the rhymes give it a neat simplicity.

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