Competition 2020 – 2nd place 18+ poetry


2nd place

18+ poetry category


The Season of Change

by Karen Waldron


Cherry blossom in full vigour, tulips thrusting their crimson cups skyward

Granular grape hyacinth nestling in the borders, daffodils crisping to brown

Black-cloaked crows fly to their nests, starlings gargle their frothy songs from the silver birch

Tadpoles shimmer in the coppery water, a brimstone toasting itself on the marsh marigolds


Even now, everything is at it should be.


Pictures of rainbows in the windows and in chalk on the pavements

An Italian flag flaps, half-mast, in the eerie quiet outside The Crown

People in masks, and long queues for flour, eggs and sausages outside the shops

In the graveyard a woman walks her pug in her dressing gown


Right now, everything is not as it should be.

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  1. Jane Pugh

    It’s the rhythm of this poem that I really like.

    May 27, 2020 @ 5:55 pm

  2. Jane Randall

    C.S. Lewis once said, “What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing.”
    Karen evokes the beauty of the natural world whilst being sensitive to our fragility.
    This is a truly thought-provoking poem. Love it.

    May 30, 2020 @ 10:47 am