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29 Aug 2017

Winter Wonders Winner

As the cold, dark nights drew in, we asked you what your thoughts on winter was? Whether you love or loath the winter season we wanted to hear your thoughts in verse.

Congratulations to our winner of £25 and a copy of the publication they appear in...


Thomas Harrison, Sandbach
Poem Published In: Winter Wonders


Winter's Body

Winter's body is a garage sale, a mosaic, a paint-covered palette
of the seasons and shifts, the breezes and breaths of a year's
footsteps, gone.
The battered wheels of a truck, spinning against morning frost,
rotate into its eyes.
Berries, once red and round, dropped by a robin mid-flight, are
stood upon and smushed and stretched to make its fingertips and
prints.
Leaves colour and curl to form its receding hairline.
Winter is ambidextrous:
can wake in a chill, just to later doze in warmth;
is neither gender, with its sex a fresh April daisy and an October
mud pie;
it has dog-eared pages from a diary for scabs to pick at.
Puddles that freeze and melt and undulate act as its lungs:
expanding, drip, decreasing, drip.
Toddlers' mittens sewn onto jackets decorate winter's mouth with
a cross-stitched grin.
Branches don't make arms, but are wrinkles that link
to twigs that aren't fingers, but are lashes that blink.
Winter has stained glass, fired in prayer, for flesh;
has regurgitated cud as wrists.
It has clumped silt for a nose, dotted with freckles from sand;
has vines that interrupt brick for hips.
Winter is not just winter
but the culmination of a year,
with bark as its backbone: a spine that creaks, splinters and
protests against autumnal rheumatism, yet will
slip into a supple spring bend
with the gentle weave of a craftsman's hand.
Thomas Harrison


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