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Members’ Only Competitions
Walls make an interesting subject for a poem. Walls can contain, divide or protect. Walls can be painted on, used to build houses. Walls can be modern brick or made of stone. walls can be solid entities, or simply barriers in your imagination.
Please send in poems on the theme of ‘walls’ to win a copy of Chester City Walls by Julia D.McGuinness. Julia’s book was a best seller for Poetry Space in 2016.
Poems submitted must be 30 lines or less.
I’ll also be publishing a pamphlet of poems on the subject of walls if the standard of your poems bowls me over. So make these the best they can be.
Deadline: 30th April
To celebrate the launch of Roger Elkin’s collection Chance Meetings we invited Poetry Space Friends to write a travel poem. There was a wide remit; journeys both personal or exotic. I am delighted to say that the winner is Johanna Boal.
A 540km Cycling Route
At Heathrow Airport
Mike Oldfield is playing
telling me about a Mandolin.
But all the time I’m thinking
about SE Asia
In case you’re ever wandering
just outside Bangkok
stay east, an unbeaten
cycle path takes you to
Ho Chi Minh City.
Tracks that pass shacks,
rice fields and natives smile at you.
70km left to Siam Reap,
I pickup stones at Angkor Wat
for my sitting room.
A group of girls sell pineapple for $1
with chilli and salt, I buy them
because I stared at their ears.
Local smiling boys see the sale
take me to the coconut trees
to buy fresh Tarantulas, I don’t buy
they laugh at me!
The lovely Water Buffalos don’t move
nearby are mines in the fields.
Cycling on to Phnom Penh sweaty
ready for a swim, but it’s from walking
on bones and clothes at the killing fields.
to the border of Vietnam.
Lots of bridges at the Mekong Delta
busy, a raft steering logs
dripping wet in all shapes, sizes
selling at the markets.
Pedalling hard into Old Saigon,
a two day rest before I go home.
© Johanna Boal
Here is Johanna getting comfy with a signed copy of Chance Meetings – her prize for having her poem selected by Roger:
Johanna has recently had her own pamphlet collection, Cardboard City published by Poetry Space. Both books are available to buy in the online shop.