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YKC Literary Competitions

 

CURRENT CHALLENGE

 

POEMS

Congratulations to YKC Member Amelia, age 11, who has won our YKC Top Poet of the Year Competition 2020. Well done to the competition runners up Jody and Emily. Well done and thank you to everyone that entered the competition; the judges enjoyed reading all your poems about dogs. 

Overall winner and under 12 years age group - Amelia aged 11

My dog is my best friend
My dog is my ears
My dog is my eyes
My dog is my best friend

My dog is my independence
My dog is my confidence
My dog is my best friend

My dog is my motivation
My dog is my inspiration
My dog is my best friend

My dog is my lifeline
My dog is my best friend
What’s your dog?

 

Winner 12 years and over group - Jody , aged 15

Stay.

How one command could hold so much superiority she would never know.

Fingers smoothed the rough shimmers of his glistening coat as he beamed a victorious smile.

Stay. She repeated, pure seriousness tattooed over the nervous grin in her lips.

The millions watching all blurred into one; the judge.

Muffled cheers drowned into one phrase; ‘When you’re ready Jody.’

And they were off.

A jet over jumps, a tiger through tunnels, a rocket round wings;

he was muscular, agile and resilient.

The crowd gasped, cheered and grinned with an astonished pleasure painted to their profile.

 “Weaves!” she commanded, not long left now.

Would he complete them? What if he didn’t? Would all her hard work be for nothing?

Alas, there was no need to worry - he darted through the poles, his tail wagging ten to the dozen.

As he crossed the finish line the crowd let out a mountainous cheer!

Grabbing his toy, a victorious smile was glued to their faces.

The crowd clapped, the judge clapped, she clapped.

They’d finally done it: a clear round!            

That day they placed second, other days they’d win and some they’d lose,

But at the end of the day she was having fun with her dog, and that’s all that mattered.

Winner - over 18 years group - Emily – age 21

Dog speak: Uncovered
If barking were a language
That humans could translate
From word to word
We’d hear dogs’ pleas
(probably for more treats).

A single ‘woof’ would be so coded,
Beyond what we all think,
Like a full weather report — with statistics —
BREAKING NEWS
The squirrel’s made another garden trip!

With nudges from wet noses,
Thumping tails wagging galore,
A careful paw within a palm
Act as clues, with hints and tips.

This secret speak, this pact of theirs
Certainly isn’t silent.
Who knows when we’ll break this canine cypher?
For now, we’ll have to guess