Highly Commended: Poem by Sarah Scott

By – On December 05, 2018 – In News, Past Events, Poetry With Comments Off on Highly Commended: Poem by Sarah Scott
Highly Commended: Poem by Sarah Scott

Wellington based poet Sarah Scott travelled to Dunedin to read her highly commended poem ‘The Castle’ at our International Poetry Prize Awards Event at UBS on Thursday 29 November 2018. Read the poem below.

The Castle

After the babies I felt a bit

Beaten back, caught in the

Crossfire of the past’s heated track.

Deeper was the day dropped on us and for

Ever, soft as a slowly falling

Feather. Finding we were finely flailing together.

Grind went the day in the

Hard house of hail.

I married my settler my sailor my

Jail. That sinking feeling

Kept leaving

Later, with its Monday

Mantra, its happy-rater. The motorway’s

Noisy nowhere faster was a

One-way ticket to the Never After, a

Pre-worn path with a losing lustre.

Quiet was the trip trap then, a real

Ruster. Rasping rawer in a suburban

Stupor. Stop to buy

Teabags for the trucked up trailer,

Under the spell of a tale derailing from a

Very long time ago.

Well, did you know that the slipper slipped its grip?

X-rated dreams in the traffic’s troubled blip. Our

Young yapping wildly in the no-parking

Zone, howling like wolves as we pull into Home.

Comments are closed.

/* ]]> */