Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

The Last Ending

by Tatum Dunn

There is something I need to finish
But I am drunk on endings
An infinite scribble wondering how to make a full stop

These deep and dirty pockets
Hold the debris of us
I keep them like a dashboard charm
To prevent me crashing into the fisty reality of it all

I can't shake off the silent dust of you
That moves to choke a clear thought
If I sleep I am the quarry of a memory
If I wake I am burden to the breath

Maybe this ending can wait
I will gift it to old age when wisdom
Will make me laugh it out

In the cafe
Where condensation ghosts the windows
I wait as night parcels the light
Into empty holes in the sky

My head is full of sorrys as sugar lumps
Fall like my heart as you walk in
I have never needed before
Until this beautiful hour of distress
This will be my last ending

Added: 27.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem


Some very original and powerful images here - 'shake off the silent dust of you', wow!


Some good, strong images, 'an infinite scribble...full stop', 'These deep and dirty pockets/ hold the debris of us'.