Our third category for winners is Poetry and in 2014 it was won by Polly Hall with her entry titled ‘I do not love you’.

I do not love you as a practised speech or polished aria,

I do not love you as the crescendo of a soulful descant.

I love you as silence loves the space

between an exhalation and an inhalation –

as the eyelids of the opera singer gently close.

 

I love you as the printed quavers and minims

on a stave wait to be given life

by an instrument or a voice.

Appassionato, con bravura; they don’t matter.

I love you as the strings wait for a bow.

 

I love you as the pages of a book whisper apart

to awaken a much read passage.

I love you in the time it takes

my breath to dry this green ink;

I love you in the echo of your footsteps.

 

I love you in the repetition of our names, together –

the rolling of our consonants and vowels.

I love you because you really hear my music

and don’t expect me to play it just for you.

You hear my music so I’ll play it just for you.

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Polly Hall. My background in holistic therapy and healing has given me a strong foundation in understanding the interconnectedness of life. I published my first non-fiction book, The Art of Foot Reading, in 2009. I’m rarely shocked by anything as I have such a vivid imagination. One of my favourite authors is Stephen King, he is a pure genius. That’s not to say I try to write like him but I think you can learn a lot from successful writers.

I’m fascinated by people’s motivations and backgrounds. I enjoy getting deep into the meaning of things and the minutiae. I am hoping that one day someone invents a machine that can record your dreams in multi-colour so you can play them back as a movie. I am currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and loving every minute of it. My main aim as a writer is to make the reader feel something whether that be a sense of dread or joy.

My blog – skywomb.blogspot.co.uk – was written as a creative response to my experience of hysterectomy. Twitter: @pollyfeet.

(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia Didgeridoo_street_player.jpg: Noel Feans

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