Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

THE CHIMNEY

by TIM SANSOM


THE CHIMNEY
 
A proud fat chimney squats on the roof of the house opposite.
It’s my chimney because I’ve noticed it.
It will become a point of reference for me for my having noticed it.
In its stillness is a large feline attitude.
It’s been watching the soap of our lives here for seventy years and it holds its judgement.

Crowned with generous rotund pots of dark orange it sits in a majestic dignified silence.
This morning its been watching me watching it watch me.
Indifferent to ennui and non-event its self contented demeanour sets an inspiring example.
People who prefer animals to people ought to try the inanimate
Its even less intrusive.

Added: 24.12.2010

Judges' comments on this poem

04.05.2011

I thought this poem was brilliantly written and held such a fascinating concept. It was amusing but sombre, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

05.05.2011

"...it's been watching me watching it watch me" - great line, love it!

09.05.2011

Very good. I like how unpretentious it is and the ordinariness of the subject matter, which the poet manages to elevate.

17.05.2011

Good final lines. Reads a bit prosaic at times though. Weakest line is about the watching watch me....

20.05.2011

Loved this from 1st reading. Really enjoyed the sardonic tone; made me smile. Great control, original and accessible.

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