Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The One Stop Poetry Competition - Theme Autumn - Winner

One Shot Poetry enjoyed the submissions for our first poetry competition. What excellent poems including one by a thirteen year old which was fantastic. For those who didn't make this submission, our next competition will be forth coming.
Thank you to all who participated - we took delight in your work.

Some Warmth
Daniel Hyland

It isn't as if we've done much with this year, is it?
I mean, it isn't true to say we'll ever be nostalgic toward these summer leaves,
the hot months cooled with tears and room-wide distance,
like a wide river Jordan neither one would cross.

They'll only fall away and wither.
This river will dry up, run off,
and hide itself in earth
until the earth
makes it a spring.

We'll be here like we are now: bones,
our summer leaves blown on to somewhere other,
as naked as the shivering trees.

Beautiful, would it be so difficult to meet
together in the riverbed
and kindle these dry bones,
building up,
between the two of us,
a flame?

This autumn could mean something
if we just set fire to the leaves.

Please check out more of Daniel's work 

              Falling Leaf: http://www.flickr.com/photos/memotions/291998208/

Poets who were first and second runner up:
B Mackenzie  "When I dream of Autumn "

Gay Canongate  "Autumn's Dance"


One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers & Artists said...

Thank you to all who submitted entries to our first of many Poetry Competitions. Autumn is a month of change and beauty. We hope you enjoyed Daniel's poem.

Happy Tuesday at One Stop
from Pete, Brian, Adam and Leslie

dustus said...

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. There were many fine poems and tough decisions had to be made. I love autumn, so to read so many great poems about my favorite season was a treat.

Thanks again to all who submitted entries. Adam

Emmanuel Ibok said...

Interesting...I love the last two lines...Cheers to the writer and One stop.

Blessed week, y'all.

Pete Marshall said...

a fantastic response to our first competition and well done to everyone who entered...so seriously tough decision making but in the end we had a winner..well done daniel..and well done everyone for entering...keep looking for announcements on the next...all the best pete

Brian Miller said...

nice. it was a tight vote as well..and no names so now is the first time i get to see who the winner actually is instead of a number...nice. congrats daniel!

Claudia said...

this is warm, reflective and honest - just like autumn is - fantastic - love it and will check out Daniel's website

TALON said...

Congratulations, Daniel. Well deserved for this reflective and beautiful poem of autumn.

Caty said...

congratulations! A terrific poem :)

signed...bkm said...

that is truely a beautiful piece and so well deserved...Congrat's to Daniel and thank you so much for hosting the competion...it is a wonderful excerise....Again...many congrat's to Daniel....bkm

thank you selecting me as runner up...blessings...bkm

Eric Alder said...

I remember the smell of everybody burning their fall leaves when I was a kid - I can actually burn them that where I live, but they come by and suck up the leaves at the curb anyway, so I don't bother.

Is there a list the entries somewhere, so we can read them all?

Maureen said...

Congratulations, Daniel. Your poem is lovely, meaningful on many levels. I especially like how you relate the image of the body's bones to the trees bared and then culminate in those stunning end lines.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Daniel! These words are rich in flavor and nuance- this poem is a gem.

Mama Zen said...


Anonymous said...

Congrats to Daniel-- beautiful! I'll post my entry for this week's OneStop, if I can find it-- the last one I can locate is #9...

SuziCate said...

This is fabulous...love it!

Joanna said...

Yay Danny boy I'm so proud of you! I knew you were a genius. I am forever and always a fan of yours.

Joanna said...

Yay Danny boy I'm so proud of you! I knew you were a genius. I am forever and always a fan of yours.

dustus said...

Congratulations, Daniel! Forgive me for not commenting directly on your poem sooner. The images combine to display vivid actions that are both heartfelt and clear. A great poem deserving of honor. Thank you for an outstanding job well done. cheers :)