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Round 8, Month 10 – only one more month before the Overall judging for the year. This month, our judge is Wendy French. She has selected Angela Kirby’s poem Trizonia as her winning entry and her four commend poets are Ann Alexander, Maria Jastrzębska, Anne Ryland and Susan Jane Sims.


O most excellent donkey who,
not having heard of the sleep button,
woke me three times this morning
with your ancient and execrable lament,
do you bemoan the start
of your over-burdened day
and the end of your brief night’s rest
in this unpromising patch of scrub
or do you, perhaps, grieve for me
who today must leave this incomparable islet
where there are neither cars
nor motorcycles, where nothing
very much happens, apart
from the occasional birth or marriage
and the rather more frequent deaths,
where there is little to see, just Iannis
repainting the peeling mermaid
on his taverna, and his grandmother
taking a broom to the six hollow-ribbed cats
who have stolen yet another chicken-leg,
and the three old men who,
having finished their backgammon
and the last of the ouzo, now take
the sun’s path home across the harbour
in a boat as blue as that clump of scabious
you are considering?

Angela Kirby

published in anthology, Speaking English, Five Leaves Press, 2007

Judge’s comment:
‘do you grieve for me … where nothing much happens’ and yet everything happens in these few lines. Another world is painted: no traffic, Iannis’s peeling mermaid (nothing is permanent), grandmother, old men – all the opposite of nothing happening … the donkey, witness to all. The poet has to leave this world but has given it to her readers.

Wendy French

To the front, as night is falling, by Ann Alexander
Old Knives, by Maria Jastrzębska

For a Daughter, by Anne Ryland
Outside, by Susan Jane Sims