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66 CREATIVE Kunal Jethwa


Inspired by Flanders fields


On Walk the Men


On walk the men Haggard and gaunt, they trudge The mud clinging and thick Sucking and tugging at their boots On walk the men.


On walk the men As the machine guns open up Men fall around them Twirling like dancers and the bullets thud home On walk the men.


On walk the men The wire all around Not cut but still sound Reams and reams of coiled death On walk the men


On walk the men Their brave comrades fallen The blood spurts out And soaks through the ground On walk the men


On walk the men Down to the trench they stride Bayonets fitted they stab and thrust The battle is over and we have won. But tomorrow we will walk again And for what?


Eddy Aplin


Remembrance (Inspired by Gillian Clarke)


QEH Poetry Competition 2011 Tiresias fights back


For the sodden lion with a hounding burden, In pursuit of peace and tranquillity; For the cub thrown into the fire.


For a man in a mask writhing for eternity, The lights that fade within, The trampled uniform in all its splendour.


For innocence ablaze in all her glory, The deceitful truth of the mead, The incineration of honesty.


For the brave in search of adventure, The invalid and the blind, The men with a duty to uphold.


For the stench of belief, The dependable dedication, The chastity of a splintered soul.


The whistle, the crash, the wail of warriors, The prolonged sound of silence, The irrepressible desire of vengeance.


For the white doves and red flower For the faultless facade and the trumpeter, For those condemned to remember.


Will Pearce (First Prize Winner)


He had been punched in the stomach, a knuckle blow. Flipped over, he was now inside out, Lost for breath But still Calmly erratic. In aspiration of something he wants, He says ‘If this is true (I want to say it is, Maybe it is a cruel practical joke) I will Cherish It.’


He was blind yet now, upon Opening his eyes The trees were green, lights were bright There was a vibrant tranquillity day in Day out, night after night His senses heightened, but all seemed dull


His lusting breath floats over the river, As he sits on a soggy bench, Floats over the moon, the full moon Floating, he is floating Up up up, wind brushes his hair Reaching the Petrarch above. Isn’t it strange, the change? He’s in love.


Matthew Gardner (Second Prize Winner)


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