Wrapped in Rhyme is a collection of poetry on all manner of subjects which have inspired the poets to put pen to paper. We're delighted to announce our winner!
Congratulations to Abi Johnson (12) from Essex, whose poem 'A Few Weeks Or So' has been chosen as the best poem in the collection by our Editorial team. Abi you have won a selection of books. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Wrapped in Rhyme, we hope you enjoy reading the poems as much as we did.
He kissed his daughter goodnight,
As a tear slid down his cheek,
He regretted the lie that he told,
When he said he'd be back in a week.
'You don't have to go!'
His wife cried into his shoulder.
'I have no choice,' he replied,
'After all, I'm a soldier.'
And with that he left,
Drying his eyes,
'I'll be back!' he said,
Months had passed until a letter arrived,
Messy words were written in pen,
'I promise to be back in a few weeks or so,
Oh how I die to hold you again'.
The wife and daughter counted the days,
Slowly one by one,
When the day before he was supposed to return,
A tragic talk was to come.
Two men in uniform stood at the door,
Slipping off their caps,
They told the wife the terrible news
And she felt like she was going to collapse.
She dropped to her knees,
Sobbed into her palms,
Just one more day
And she could've been wrapped in his arms.
And so did she,
Such a beautiful sight,
Poppy, the widow's newborn baby.
If only they had known she was expecting,
Those long eight months before,
Then perhaps he just might have never,
Stupidly left for war.
© Abi Johnson, 2014