Poems - Issue 3
3rd prize: Emma Danes - Silhouettes
Photograph: 'Godwit’s silhouette' by Helen Calver
Emma Danes' pamphlet Dress of Shadows was a winner in the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition. Her poems have won the Hamish Canham Prize and the Poetry Society Stanza Poetry Competition, and have been published in anthologies and magazines.
Skirts bunched up, our children
pick a glittering path
through shallows, stepping in
and out of a black and white photo
timeless and precise as godwits
that dip and probe, needle-quick,
stitching their silhouettes
to their reflections
though at any moment
they’ll rip free, and the children
will slip back into colour –
sated now, ready to leave.