Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

Entrenched Upon Another's Wound

by Seán Ó Murchadha

Entrenched upon another’s wound
The darkness sets and song and sweet perfume
Of morning fill the starry sky with blue,
Above a deep-dug tomb,
A scarring, life-reminding ruin.
The frozen stone reposed implores the sky,
A silent begged release, a silent cry
For freedom from imprisoned flesh long gone.
A deeper blue inflamed, enraged in judgment,
Burns a crimson majesty’s rebuke and turns
To black, a bloodied judge’s cap, to keep
A pleading stone entombed.
Condemned to one more frozen night.
Entrenched upon another’s wound.

Added: 20.03.2011

Judges' comments on this poem


Beautifully dark with a very emotive use of language - enjoyed every line!


Correct length for this poem and very striking image of the bloodied judge's cap.