And the winners are?

Poetry second place winner, Over Before It Began by Jennie Balaganeshan

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POETRY SECOND PLACE

OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN by Jennie Balaganeshan

 

There between Plath and Poe
An eye peeked by,
I stop and squint;
And the eye –
It blinked!

Completely still,
Just be cool
The mantra in my head
As Prince Charming
Makes his way towards me.

‘…nothing that I have ever seen…’

Is he checking me out?

His eyes begin to scan me.
First across, then down,
Then up, and then around;
His lingering gaze
Has no bound.

I think he is the one.

His touch was smooth
Sending a shiver down my spine.
Opening myself up to a stranger,
I have to make him interested
Somehow.
It seems to work; he has not let go.

I can’t move now,
I’m trapped in his embrace.

But I don’t want to be saved.

Suddenly, his grip tightens –
He found my sweet spot.

Climax

Will he read on?

SNAP

No, he’s done.

One last glance,
But he shakes his head.

I’m left standing on the shelf
Until somebody picks me up, again.

Who would have thought that fairy tales
Could be so grimm?

POETRY SECOND PLACE

OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN by Jennie Balaganeshan

 

There between Plath and Poe
An eye peeked by,
I stop and squint;
And the eye –
It blinked!

Completely still,
Just be cool
The mantra in my head
As Prince Charming
Makes his way towards me.

‘…nothing that I have ever seen…’

Is he checking me out?

His eyes begin to scan me.
First across, then down,
Then up, and then around;
His lingering gaze
Has no bound.

I think he is the one.

His touch was smooth
Sending a shiver down my spine.
Opening myself up to a stranger,
I have to make him interested
Somehow.
It seems to work; he has not let go.

I can’t move now,
I’m trapped in his embrace.

But I don’t want to be saved.

Suddenly, his grip tightens –
He found my sweet spot.

Climax

Will he read on?

SNAP

No, he’s done.

One last glance,
But he shakes his head.

I’m left standing on the shelf
Until somebody picks me up, again.

Who would have thought that fairy tales
Could be so grimm?

POETRY SECOND PLACE

OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN by Jennie Balaganeshan

 

There between Plath and Poe
An eye peeked by,
I stop and squint;
And the eye –
It blinked!

Completely still,
Just be cool
The mantra in my head
As Prince Charming
Makes his way towards me.

‘…nothing that I have ever seen…’

Is he checking me out?

His eyes begin to scan me.
First across, then down,
Then up, and then around;
His lingering gaze
Has no bound.

I think he is the one.

His touch was smooth
Sending a shiver down my spine.
Opening myself up to a stranger,
I have to make him interested
Somehow.
It seems to work; he has not let go.

I can’t move now,
I’m trapped in his embrace.

But I don’t want to be saved.

Suddenly, his grip tightens –
He found my sweet spot.

Climax

Will he read on?

SNAP

No, he’s done.

One last glance,
But he shakes his head.

I’m left standing on the shelf
Until somebody picks me up, again.

Who would have thought that fairy tales
Could be so grimm?

JUDGE'S COMMENT:

“The comedic timing is spot on, the premise is entertaining and writing about libraries from the point of view of the books is interesting.”

Simran Sandhu

JUDGE'S COMMENT:

“The comedic timing is spot on, the premise is entertaining and writing about libraries from the point of view of the books is interesting.”

Simran Sandhu

JUDGE'S COMMENT:

“The comedic timing is spot on, the premise is entertaining and writing about libraries from the point of view of the books is interesting.”

Simran Sandhu

READ THE OTHER WINNING ENTRIES

Prose second place: THE OLD OAK DOOR by Hûw Steer

Poetry winner: THE BORROWER by Yaning Wu

Prose winner: A PECULIAR DISCOVERY by Libby Randall

READ THE OTHER WINNING ENTRIES

Prose second place: THE OLD OAK DOOR by Hûw Steer

Poetry winner: THE BORROWER by Yaning Wu

Prose winner: A PECULIAR DISCOVERY by Libby Randall

READ THE OTHER WINNING ENTRIES

Prose second place: THE OLD OAK DOOR by Hûw Steer

Poetry winner: THE BORROWER by Yaning Wu

Prose winner: A PECULIAR DISCOVERY by Libby Randall