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Donzo – A Poem (written on the back of a disability allowance rejection letter)

There are some things I’ve realised in 20 something years
such as
whales are bigger than
any other thing in the universe
that is smaller than a whale.
And
there are few things dirtier
than a dung beetle’s Christmas list,
perhaps other than the adult mind
sometimes,
or shoes at festivals.
In contrast to this,
there is nothing cleaner
than a heart of pure gold,
filled with Good Intentions
and nothing as rare.
There is nothing funnier
than a silly mistake
(of which I am very (prome) prone).
And sometimes,
there is no-one wiser
than a class clown,
and nothing lesser-spotted than their frown.
In fact,
there is no-one more critical
than oneself
(or myself,
yourself,
and both of our mothers).
I think that
there is nothing more abstract
than absolute certainty –
(or was it clarity?) –
and there is something quite intimidating
about what’s in-between.
Lastly,
there is something quite admirable
about the perseverance of mould,
and nothing is younger than
someone learning what it means to grow old.


A Poem (written on the back of a disability allowance rejection letter) by Donzo received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2021) judged by Paul McDonald.


Donzo is a 20 year old Irish artist who has recently entered the poetry scene. They enjoy creating art in many different forms through music, painting, and writing. “A Poem (written on the back of a disability allowance rejection letter)” is their first poem. 

Christopher Taylor – On My Return

ON MY RETURN

If I have been away beyond the burn,
if you blinked twice and didn’t see me go,
examine me for change on my return.

Through forests damp, on moss and branch I turn,
not flinching at the croak of beady crow,
if I have been away beyond the burn.

Across the moor, past each unrolling fern,
I come to you in the first dust of snow;
examine me for change on my return.

While surfacing to daylight, I discern,
in that dark water, voices who would know
if I have been away beyond the burn.

The heavy earth, the frigid air, the churn
of slanting sun, the blinding evening’s glow
examine me for change on my return.

We family around our campfire learn
to watch for strangers in the shadows, so
if I have been away beyond the burn,
examine me for change on my return.


‘On My Return’ by Christopher Taylor received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2021) judged by Paul McDonald.


Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor grew up in Northumberland and has lived in various parts of England, Africa and Asia. He works as a freelance applied mathematician. In his spare time he likes to go hiking, read novels and play the guitar. He currently divides his time between Devon and Taiwan.

Lesley Burt – Goodbye Good-Time George

….GOODBYE GOOD-TIME GEORGE


‘Goodbye Good-Time George’ by Lesley Burt was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2021) judged by Paul McDonald.


Lesley Burt

Following retirement from social work education, Lesley completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her poems have been published widely in magazines including: Tears in the FenceThe Interpreter’s House, Prole, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Reach, Sarasvati and The Butchers Dog; also online, including in Poetry KitThe Poetry Shed, Algebra of Owls and Ink, Sweat and Tears.