18+ poetry category
‘Tadpole’ by Tessa Nicholson won 1st place in the 18+ poetry category of our Creative Writing 2020 Competition. The piece, read by Jo Lumber a performer for The Story Republic, was recorded for Source FM to be aired on the station’s ‘Story Hour’. Listen and read the poem below.
by Tessa Nicholson
You held our attention like a press briefing. Many times, you played dead
Only to kick into life when we were least expecting.
When legs jumped out, we had to feed you
Meat – liver, bacon, the odd fishfinger – to stop you from eating each other;
A feverish fact for two small boys already prone to woodlice torture.
Named, argued over, prodded and spat on (once), brutally ignored,
You knew nothing of the toddler’s anxiety about the moon falling out of the sky
Or the daily death toll;
You were locked down in frog-eat-frog survival
And for that, I salute you.