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Braving the ballad

The winners of WM’s ballad poetry competition impressed Alison Chisholm with the strength of their storytelling

Poetry winners

FIRST PLACE The Widow-Maker’s Song Pamela Trudie Hodge

Young Jan Trewyn casts out his net upon the singing sea and brings the silver darlings home to Petroc’s ancient quay –

and, moonlit, by the village inn, her hair a firebrand, Trevena waits, her kirtled skirt held in her slender hand.

Jan passes with a pleasant smile. He does not hear her sighs or see the sudden tears which leap to drown her sea-green eyes

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