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2009 School Poetry Prize

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The inaugural Caselberg Trust Broad Bay School Poetry Prizes were presented at the School on 4 December, 2009 by Trust member Peter Hayden (centre). Alan Roddick from the Caselberg Trust (right) also launched the anthology All Day Poems, by the children of Room One at the School.

The Winning Poems

First – “Living Autumn” Claire Steele

Her eyes are like a cats’s;
Yellow keen, always watching.
Firecurls round her face,
Hair white-hot, furious.

With a touch of her slender finger
The landscape changes:
Green to red
blue to grey.
One blink and it all disappears
But her time is waning.
Soon, she will give way
to winter’s eyes of ice
and hair of mist.
But for now, the land is held
in the firm hand of fire.

Second – “Silence” Beth Garey

Ice caves hold the world close.
A pin could drop
And the silence would hear.

Third – “Matariki” Freya Duval-Smith

Light of Te Marama shines.
Seven sisters stirring in the sky.
Hard against midnight blue
my home, my stars, my moon.

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