Schools' Poetry Competition

140 Characters of Slow - OUR SCHOOLS POETRY COMPETITION 2017

What is this life, if full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare?

ReLit was founded on the belief that a poem can be an oasis of calm – a moment of slowing down and reducing stress – in our frenetic world. In our 2017 Schools Poetry Competition we asked young people up to the age of eighteen to find their own oasis – a moment of calm, a time to slow down, to stand and stare – and then to translate that moment into a poem of no more than 140 characters.

We are delighted to announce the winners. In the 13-18 category, the winner was Evie Salt, aged 13, of Chorley St Michael's High School, for her poem:

Forget foolish fears,
shut behind a door.
Open up the window,
find the sea and the shore.
Sunbeam face,
wind-tossed hair.
Because you can.

And in the under 13 category the winner was Inigo Avery, aged 6, of New College School, for his poem:

Cold wind, small river.
A little pig and a smooth snake cross.
Dry wind, sweet and sour scent of water flowers.
The Year of the Rooster.

Evie and Inigo each won a prize of £1,000 -- £500 cash for them and £500 worth of poetry books for their school library. New College School has kindly donated half the book prize to the school that it supports in rural Ghana: Bethel International School.