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Mervyn Peake Awards 2015 – my entries


Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, any which way up you like

Clasp – Highly Commended in the themed category (Together) and featured in the 2016 calendar

Oil on linen-covered board, 30 x 40 cm

Curve – unplaced in the art category

Ambition dismissed:
Impractical, they insist.
Opportunities missed.

Decision postponed.
Nobody phoned.
Potential disowned.

(Then came the day)
The future all changed.
Yes, my future rearranged,
And nothing was the same again.

(For my life had)
Changed before my eyes;
It took me time to realise
That if I was to be wise:

Ambition – reinstate;
Decisions to make;
Opportunities to take…

Go for it.

Ambition – unplaced in the poetry category
and featured in the 2016 calendar


5 thoughts on “Mervyn Peake Awards 2015 – my entries

  1. Oh, I’m glad you entered that poem. What does it mean unplaced? Is it their calendar? Sorry if I’m being a bit obtuse, I clearly don’t have the faintest idea about how a competition works…(besides not being a native English speaker. ) Or maybe it’s just too late 🙂

    • Unplaced means that it didn’t win, wasn’t highly commended, and wasn’t short listed. There was one winner and three highly commended in each category; these were chosen by the judges from a short list of ten that was chosen by a committee. That’s how the judging worked this year. And the calendar referred to is the Parkinson’s UK calendar.

      • Well, you did have one that was highly commended, and going on the calendar sounds even better, so congratulations! I think the way the right hand presses the left hand looks really good if you know what I mean. Sorry about asking so many silly questions.

      • No such thing as a silly question!

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