Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist!

Ist PLACE: GEORGE W COLKITTO, Paisley

As nights lengthen and all withers, I hear you, Ma?
Users, you shiver, without thought, you
tell me, finger wagging to make your point,
users – and abusers. I could curse you
Ma, sowing those fears. As autumn comes I’m
not comfortable there will be a spring. They’ve won.

Venting my rage, I rant in my wilderness, dev-
ote all my energy to lost causes to
ice melting, destruction of rain forest, I
cannot stop the carnage and I panic.
Every day I fight and lose.
So I ask you Ma, is this death’s kiss?

2ND PLACE: HILARY AYSHFORD, Brenchley, East Sussex

Age tiptoes in on slippered feet,
Unnoticed as the years creep on,
The mind is forced into retreat,
Untrammelled wastes of memories gone.

Missing from the recollection,
Names and faces once so dear,
Veiled in fog of disconnection,
Only in dreams to reappear.

Imperceptible, its thieving,
Casting ever deeper shadow,
Extinguishing the light, just leaving
Starlight's gleam on fields of snow.

3rd PLACE: CATRIONA MALAN
HIGHLY COMMENDED: FINOLA SCOTT
COMMENDED: IRENE CUNNINGHAM
COMMENDED: FINOLA SCOTT

Catriona’s 3rd place entry and Finola’s Highly Commended entry will be posted in February.