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QUALITY over all

Judge Alison Chisholm highlights the outstanding winners from our unthemed annual Open Poetry Competition

Poetry WINNERS

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS,

1st prize Winner

Mist slinks like a cat round deckchairs, eases through alleys to the town. Sinuous, insidious, it draws in a grey shroud from the sea, to muffle and obscure the pavement. A woman trips, falls softly, lies too still. Folk gather. Someone gives mouth-to-mouth. An ambulance howls through the fog. She’s stretchered off. Dampness clings like soot. The crowd shivers, mutters to each other to take care and melts away.

In the bright lights of the department store, Salli, make–up immaculate, nails gelled to perfection, womans her counter. Her offers prove a draw; folk gather.

‘Looks grim out there,’ she smiles, ‘remember Jack? He lurked in London’s fogs – thank you, Madam, that’ll be twenty pound. Gutted them, didn’t he? Blusher was it? Here’s our new range of gorgeous reds. All those entrails - doesn’t bear the thinking. Still, I doubt we’ll find his like in our small seaside town. Here’s your receipt. Enjoy.’ She turns to serve again, remarks, ‘But you never know what’s out there or when your card’s crossed through, that’s what I always say.’

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