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Poetry Competition

2020 'POETIC LICENCE'   POETRY COMPETITION

CATEGORY A - TRADITIONAL VERSE

First Prize

 

Migration of the Bar-Tailed Godwits by David Atkinson

You scour and scrounge across the tidal flats
to fortify for savage days at sea,
fatiguing flight through trackless habitats;
you probe with needle beak among the scree.
A time to wade, to sift the shrinking tide
for protein foods, a rich invertebrate,
prepare to halve your weight, the salt-wild ride,
prepare and prime to scrap and navigate.
From Hen and Chicken Bay, the urban sprawl,
you battle squalls and blizzards as you soar
across the wash, the cruel Alaska haul,
exhausted when at last you reach the shore.
You venture way beyond your hemisphere
for you must breed; you strive and persevere.


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