Competition 2020 – runner up 18+ poetry


runner up

18+ poetry category



by Katherine Goda


The floor is dipped, five hundred years of history,

like a child trapped in a parent’s embrace

while adults smile across a bowed head

or look away and miss the strength of this:

not armour, crenellations, arrow slits

but standing, still, refusing to be shamed,

worn down but not worn out or away.