Competitions

POETRY COMPETITION 2015

This year's Havant Poetry Competition has been been won by the Oxford poet David Attwooll. Here it is:


Greengrocer's Apostrophe

(apostrophe: mark of omission, possession, or speech to absent person; from apostrephein, 'turn away')


It was a morning like this
they came for you, those Border
Force creeps. You'd slipped out the back -
just saw a blur of your blue

sleeve, a flick of pony tail.
Know what I think?
If those bastards hadn't come
you'd have been a keeper.

From the moment you pulled on
the overall, arm in a dancer's curve:
reminded me of wrapping Christmas
satsumas in blue tissue paper.
The way your accent skipped
syllables, like hiccups or giggles,
when you turned from the till -
those delicate gestures.

Not being funny, but you
left me standing in a scatter
of onion skins, cold catch of draught
on the back of my neck, wondering.