A couple of weeks ago I submitted a poem to a competition run by Authentic Media, who are currently promoting Adrian Plass’ new book Silences and Nonsenses (Collected Poetry, Doggerel, and Whimsy). I did not win first prize but I did place in the runner up pack of five. Apparently Adrian liked my poem Ivan/Iran. I would like to be able to say this it the first time I have won a competition, but that would be false humility because when I was nine years old I won a competition for best short story in the local news paper. Racking in those prizes!
You can read about the competition on Authentic’s Blog, which (guys at Authentic) really should be given its own domain: Authentic blog post with the victorious poems on.
I like this poem by Adrian:
When in doubt
Though Moses, Micah, Obadiah
Habakkuk and Ruth
Teach us how to live our lives
In Wisdom and in Truth,
There is one voice whose clear command ~You must obey or rue it,
The mighty prophet Nike Teaches, ‘When in doubt — just do it!’
The poem that won me a copy of Adrian’s book can be found here.