Tuesday 6th June 2006 by C. Freeman
Year 8 student Amy Peters has won a prize in the first poetry competition she's ever entered. Amy gained a highly commended place for her poem, Winter, in the Blaenau Gwent writing competition 2006. She heard about the national competition through the book group and was delighted when she was found out her poem had been chosen.
In recognition of her efforts she was given two copies of the commemorative brochure, featuring winning poems and stories, plus a certificate.
It is the second year that the Blaenau Gwent writing competition (to mark World Book Day) has been held, but the first time that writers from across the UK could enter. Poet Ann Drysdale who judged the event commented: 'The standard was high. Let's hope these talented young poets will enter again and persuade some of their fellow students to enter.'
Amy said: 'I wrote the poem quite a while ago. We were looking at poetry competitions on the website with the book club and I thought that one sounded really good.' She has written quite a number of poems and short stories but only entered the single poem in this event:
Entitled Winter, here is her successful entry:
Creeping over the hills,
Stretching through the valleys,
Smothering streams in my icy grasp
I, am Winter
I am the frost on your windowpane,
Delicate as lace, I'm here again,
I am the shiver running down your spine,
As you touch the detailed patterns, intricate and fine.
I am the chill that is in the air
Reaching out my bare arms, glistening but fair
Retreating back over the hills,
Escaping through the valleys
Releasing my icy grasp,
I, am gone.