Abbie's poem 'Resilient, Survived, Redeemed, Revived' was chosen as the best poem in the collection and has won Abbie a selection of books and a chocolate hamper for her special person!
Resilient, Survived, Redeemed, Revived
Although I would not want to be thee,
The attributes, that got you through,
May they be passed on to me.
Berlin 1936, an Olympic star,
Keep running! Keep running; you’ve run so far,
From the delinquent boy-thief with a quick getaway,
To the great champion you were in your day.
Then the war, like the spine of a book, was opened,
Its mark never to be removed,
The delinquent boy-thief, turned Olympic star,
Then turned bombardier; how far, how far.
And then you were lost to the sea, it seemed,
But no, you were captured by the Japanese.
After 46 days at the mercy of the waves,
Then, and only then, were you taken away.
You were beaten and battered; trodden into the ground,
To bone and to branches your body was bound.
Whilst you were running on nothing, they still pushed you on,
Or was it your resilient heart, still holding on.
Your heart was resilient,
Your body survived,
Your soul was redeemed,
Your mind revived.
So Louis Zamperini,
The reason I want not to be thee,
Is since the horrors you saw,
Whilst you fought through the war,
Would surely be enough to defeat me.
© Abbie Walker 2015