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1st prize - 2014

Photograph of Anthony Watts

Anthony Watts has been writing 'seriously' for about 40 years.  He has won prizes in poetry competitions and has had poems published in magazines and anthologies. His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer, published by Oversteps Books. Rural Somerset has been his home for most of his life and he has no plans to leave it. His main interests are poetry, music, walking and binge thinking - activities which he finds can often be happily combined.

Walking Song by Anthony Watts

Song of the buttered fields
The hawthorn packed with cream
The tidal wave of Spring
Poised at its turning
Green be in my mind

Song of a waterway
Sluggish under the sun
Generous with the sky
Doubling its bounty
Blue be at my side

A song of oilseed rape
AWOL from its crop
Massed by the waterside
Crowned with its own light
Yellow loose my tongue

Green be in my mind
Blue be at my side
Yellow loose my tongue

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