Week 4 – the winning poem

Friday, 15 November 2013

Photograph by Chris Sims


The winning poem written in response to the atmospheric photograph by Chris Sims, was Sacred Ground by Audrey Arden Jones. In close second  Joss Sticks by Diane Jackman.


Sacred Ground


Each night a mother slips outside

into her garden

moves a stone, cries and lights another stick

places it in the pebbled ground

breathes in the oriental musk incense.



She prays to ghosts in grey blue veils

where shafts of orange flames

fake silhouettes – a crown in a garden pot;

the wind listens

to no-one else in this quietness.


Audrey Arden Jones