Spring Words: Poetry Competition WinnersThe process of judging a poetry competition is always exciting. It feels like each poem is a window into a life. These poems were four lines or less, so the window felt more like a porthole, but the poems that really stood out were those that used the small space available to expand outwards and say something extraordinary. Looking back at my shortlist, the poems I've chosen are about nature but they are also about our connection with it, a way of feeling and seeing nature that begins in the body. Congratulations to the winner and the shortlisted poets, and commiserations if your poem wasn't chosen on this occasion.
Spring Words Winner
Written On The Fourth Month, by Baiba SustereAs petals open I look myself in the eye and blossom
Jacarandas, by Tammy HermannI’d forgotten about the Jacarandas Woken from their Winter sleeping Avenues of majesty Tears of purple petals weeping
Unapologetic, by Emily MoyaIt is strange, the sense of peace I feel After a day in the hot belly of the city To see a daffodil peering up at me Through the messy undergrowth, unapologetic.
Spring Brings Hope, by Ann GrantMy spine, broken tree, Snow fall makes my body seize but here’s a Snowdrop.
Thank you Kim! A huge congratulations to Baiba, our winner, and Tammy, Emily and Ann our runners up. And thank you to everyone else that put pen to paper and entered this competition, we loved reading your creations. Missed out on this competition? Feel free to share your own poem in the comments below, we'd love to hear them! You can learn more about our Nature's Poet collection here.