Since 1994, National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people young and old throughout the country. To celebrate verse and encourage students to demonstrate their poetic flair, MPW Library decided to launch their first college-wide poetry writing competition in autumn 2013. The event attracted entries from all corners of the college, from Year-10 students to staff members.
Entrants were invited to write on the theme of Water, inspired by Coleridge’s Mariner’s famous cry: “water, water, everywhere”. The entries were judged by an independent reader and awards given to each of the category winners. Prizes of £20 book tokens were awarded to Darius Amrolia (under-16s), Kolya Stubbs (over-16s) and Richard Martin (staff).
As well as staging the competition, we marked National Poetry Day in October with a trip to enjoy readings by big-name poets at the Southbank Centre, an outing which we hope will become an annual fixture in the college calendar.
Darius Amrolia’s winning poem in the under-16s category is printed below and will appear, with the other poems, in a printed anthology compiled by the Library. Hopefully this will help to inspire others to enter next year’s competition.
Water is the elixir of life.
Water can transport itself, bringing clean water to those who need it.
Water is forever changing, from the steam from your kettle to the ice in your Coke.
Water is a boomerang: when it leaves it always comes back.
Water can bless and caress you or it can batter and curse you.
A city takes centuries to build but it can fall in seconds.
Many have lost their lives to water: from a lack of it and too much.
Water is a transparent, colourless, odourless, tasteless, liquid and yet our lives depend on it.
Water is all this and more, but in the end it’s just 2 hydrogens and 1 oxygen.