Shortlisted poems: Change – Opportunity or Disruption

Shortlisted poems: Change – Opportunity or Disruption

Claire Kearns – Awoken

‘This is a poem about what it is like to be woken up and told you have Complex PTSD.’

 

It was black, when I knew it

Before I was dead

When I woke near the morgue

Mistaken

Misshapen

Lacking warmth

 

I chose, to pick lightness

Arose savage and yet,

Weaker like a gazelle,

Injured and forever waiting

Red tape, the new order of the day

 

I had been immortal

I had shoulders set, shining silver

On chest

Now invisible, abundantly alone

Mocked & beaten even by trolls

 

Tiny items, clinging to life

Solid, something solid

Cling to the life rafts, boys!

Up, down, right yourself, round!

Destroy all your nights



Catherine Suddaby – Change: opportunity or disruption?

Some people take change to transform and embrace it

Not me

It is the worm that wriggles and pains me

Change is everything that’s unsettling

Isolating and all new and unfamiliar

Change is change for changes sake

Oh the struggle to adapt

Finally once adapted and happy again

It happens once more that creature named change

Appears and feeds on my uncertainty

For you see

Some people take change to transform and embrace it

Not me



Joanna Tang – Casting Shadows

 

The sun’s bright fingers

push obstinately

through thick,

gray clouds,

reach out

past tightly-clustered leaves,

and shine triumphantly.

 

They share their joy

of defying

those that bar their paths

by painting the world

with radiant color,

animating the earth

with beaming light,

and invigorating all

with plush warmth.

 

But inadvertently,

they leave dark shadows

lurking in their wake.


Poetry competition shortlisted entries, ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2016.
Category: Change – Opportunity or Disruption.

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