Poetry Adjudication – With Love – 9th February

Alison Craig could not be with us on 9th February for the Poetry competition adjudication but she had arranged for LWG’s Alison to give us the results. There were 18 entries.

In first place was Neil with” Intimate Support”. A thought-provoking poem about movement and support; of children’s laughter, washing blowing on the line and migrating birds hugged by the breeze. In second place was Cara with “I Am Not Yours”. A poem of changing love, time, a sad heart mended. In third place was Alison’s poem “Chrysalis”. A poem of the gift of confidence, love and joy.

Rose was Commended with “Tablets of Stone”. This was a strong piece of imagery with mountains, and white marble flags dripping blood; a Ten Commandments alternative.

The winners read their poems to the group. All agreed that the adjudicator’s comments and critiques were fair and useful, with good guidance to improving future poetry. The first half of the morning was brought to an end with the readings of more of the entrants. This gave us a wide range of very enjoyable poetry.

Following our coffee break we moved on to Valentine rhymes, an instant writing exercise.

We had a romantic and not-so-romantic list of topics supplied by Rose, including pet spiders, toy boys, Mona Lisa and chocolate – plenty to choose from. Jack suggested writing a rhyme retracting valentine-adoration from the previous year. A round of the room brought forth many romantic sighs and a lot of giggles.

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