'Bird Song' Poetry Competition Winners Announced

A red-breasted robin singing in a leafless tree branch, above a grey square says winners announced in brown

The winners of the The TORCH SciPo 2021 Schools Poetry Competition have been announced. The competition was judged by David Morley.

The winners will be reading their entries at the SciPo Patterning Thought Event on the 12th March. You can book your tickets for the event here


Special Mention (in no particular order):

The Birds in my Garden.  Claudia Potter, 16

A City Birdsong. Maxine Chu, 12

In lockdown I can hear the birdsong.  Jessica Mason, 17


Runner-up: Esme Campbell-White, 8

 

Riddle

 

I am …the colour of dead of night,

My song is like a cloud and it floats on the breeze,

My eye is a telescope.

I am the flute of the heavens.

I sing to attract mates,

I sing to protect my territory,

And I sing a summer’s evening.

What am I?

 

(Blackbird)


Winner: Aviva Rynne Browne, 16

 

Mechanical Singing

 

And if you walk the pathways then,

In spring or summer rains,

Know that blind above your eye

Does go the firing of the brain,

 

They shine, shine, the bird’s own pathways,

Learning vocal and production,

Singing clear of every note,

The duets which can serve instruction

 

To its rivals or they cry

For love in joyful tone

And sing and sing for all their worth

Using the medium of foam

 

From waves in air, the tremulous vibration

That rumbles out from deep in the trachea

And - listen still - abounds with syncopation

In those first three notes and

 

Note please the inflation of the lungs,

The pressing tension that surrounds,

And here (the best that comes is yet to come):

 

It unleads the tongue, and sings.


The winners will be reading their entries at the SciPo Patterning Thought Event on the 12th March. You can book your tickets for the event here