A Waikanae woman writing her first poem has won the second Kāpiti Independent poetry award.
Sue de Berry was presented with the prizes — $50 in book tokens and a ‘Book of the Month’ — by Editor Alan Tristram (left) and Rob Clarke — at CoastlandsPaperPlus.
Sue says her poem, ‘Boy,’ is based on an incident she saw recently at Coastlands.
Here’s the winning poem:
He scuffed his little plastic shoes
his eyes downcast, hair flopping
He didn’t see the furious glare
nor hear the angry shouting
Nor feel the rough tug on his arm
nor say a word, just silent
I saw it all, a passerby
I heard his little sobs
I felt his lonely sadness
and I said not a word.
Why Sue writes
‘I am a retired teacher and have always enjoyed words,’ she says.
‘But this is the first time my thoughts have been translated on to paper.
‘I enjoy doing it and being transported to another place, albeit briefly.
‘I also enjoyed translating my poem into French and looking at it with my French group.’
Congratulations Sue de Berry!
Our thanks to PaperPlus!
Kapiti Independent and the poets want to thank Kaye and Rob Clarke of Coastlands PaperPlus for their constant support, and especially the ‘Book of the Month’ donation for prize winners.