Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

Song For Anna

by Matthew Patterson

When first we lay together
 
You were more lovely than I could have said
 
As we shared our words and our bodies in the dark
 
Learning a new language
 
And casting the old one aside, you and I
 
Overwhelming one another
 
The welcome deluge
 
Kissing each other's hurts with lips bruised
 
From holding back the words  of love too long
 
Our first, our celebration, our lives
 
And now where have you gone?
 
To the shades of evening where I look for you
 
To the dust where I write your name
 
To the hours of the night that have always known you
 
To your hiding place within my heart that I keep
 
For even now you must know that you are mine
 
In the ways that no barriers can contain
 
In the ways that endings cannot be
 
And ahead the days of waiting
 
For the long nights and the spaces between
 
To hear you when you call me
 
To find reunion in your arms
 
To live and wait with words is all we have
 
And that is enough for now
 

Added: 28.03.2011

Judges' comments on this poem

05.05.2011

Interest is sustained in poetic ways, well used repetitions. I would have found the meaning easier with some full stops.

17.05.2011

Beautiful love poem - profound - one that we can all identify with - beautiful imagery - simple words yet very appealing. Enjoyed v much.

18.05.2011

Terribly pretty and moving. :)

22.05.2011

Some amazingly, hauntingly, beautiful language.

25.05.2011

Best poem by far I have read as yet

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