Week 5 – the winning poem

Monday, 25 November 2013


The winning poem for week 5 is Out of Darkness by Eileen Carney Hulme, written in response to the lovely photograph above by

Kate Blair.

Thank you so much once again to all poets who submitted poems and congratulations to Eileen for a beautiful poem. Thanks too to Kate for letting us use the photograph.

A close second was Triggers by Moira Andrew.

Out of Darkness


Pretty umbrellas

or sustenance through war.

I am in Sarajevo

a tourist

in the rain-

late afternoon coffee shops

shuffle language and laughter

I cannot write

about the mortar and bullet

scars on the buildings

across the street.

On my iPad I read

the siege lasted

one thousand four hundred

and twenty five days

that mushrooms helped

starving families and soldiers


pretty umbrellas in the rain.


Eileen Carney Hulme