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Second Place Umoja Writing Competition 2016 – Stirring

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Second Place Umoja Writing Competition 2016 – Stirring by Kirsten Leggett of Tasmania.

This is the first year we’ve included poetry and the first time a poem has been shortlisted. Of course you’ve heard of Kirsten before because she is last year’s winner. Congratulations to Kirsten for another wonderful entry. It looks like she will have a bright future in writing of all genres. Here is what the judges thought:

“Fabulous use of visual imagery, nouns, groups and figurative language. A fantastic poem, well written. Poems of this quality are difficult to write.”

“Poems, like all art, are subjective. I enjoyed the flow and wording and found it quite beautiful.”

 

STIRRING

 

The mountain looked beautiful this morning  as the first rays of the sun  bounced off its snowy face,  its blushing cheeks turned skyward  in the presence of peace.

 

I thought of you nestled in the gentle folds of its rocky slopes,  on the leeward side tucked up in the warmth of blankets,  dreams forming into memory.

 

Did you stir as the Currawong  opened its eyes to a new day?

Perched in the forest that nudges your door.

Its feathers ruffled by frost bitten breath.

 

Did you sense the stealth of the winter air  rolling over the mountain?

Overwhelming tree tops to seep under doors  and slide between the crack that wedges dawn.

 

Did you pull the blanket a little closer  to grasp another minute,

 

two or three,  and linger in the gentle rhythm  of the rising sun and the falling moon?

On this perfect day.

 

Did you feel as though you were held,  just there,  in that moment in time  against the heaving heart of Mother Earth?  If only for a second, with nothing but bricks and mortar between you.

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