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Greta Ross – Henry Hall’s Lighthouse

I was a sender of light, night-born,
hard-bright, single-minded,
focused on the task I was built for
and stood praised by all.
Mermaids rose to be dazzled and chased,
smugglers learned to mark my stare.
I was a silver sword in black water
slicing the treacherous Cornish sea.

When I turned sudden-blind
two hundred men drowned
in a storm-racked ship adrift,
its fluttering sails frantic
like moths for my guttering flame.
In 1755, with candled head afire,
I drip-sealed the keeper’s guts
with weeping molten lead.

Now his cries stitch the wind blasts
that whip the Eddystone Rocks.

‘Henry Hall’s Lighthouse’ by Greta Ross received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition (August 2019) judged by Roger Elkin

Kevin O’Brien – Do I Love You? Well now…

Was Nigel Kennedy classically trained
Was David Beckham’s hamstring ever strained

Does the Prime Minister have the odd sleepless night
Is Tyson Fury any good in a fight

Did Florence Nightingale make good use of a lamp
Is Julian Clary slightly camp

Do nuns occasionally get into bad habits
Does Watership Down contain gratuitous scenes of rabbits

Is the average basketball player un-averagely tall
Does pride inevitably presage a fall

Would the Beatles let you drive their car
Is Eric Clapton any good on guitar

Could Torvill and Dean stay upright on ice
Does a risotto require a portion of rice

Does the Queen of England look good on a horse
Can Thor’s ethnic group be described as ‘Norse’

Is Usain Bolt quite fast in a sprint
Are Willy Shakespeare’s plays still available in print

Is the Dalai Lama wise
Did Lance Armstrong tell porky pies

Did Bill Gates make a fair bit of money
Do Australians call a toilet a dunny

Was Ian Botham well known in cricket
Did Cleopatra stump Anthony’s middle wicket

I hope you’re under no hint of illusion
Or hold mixed feelings, doubt or any confusion

For if you find any of the above to be true
Then you’ll know how much I love you

‘Do I Love You? Well now…’ by Kevin O’Brien received a Special Mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2019) judged by Roger Elkin.

Kevin O’Brien

Jack Faricy



Scrap by Jack Faricy won third prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2019) judged by Roger Elkin.