The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
2010 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize
Adjudicator: Gareth Calway

I sewed my own
wedding dress. My sister
measured me and noticed
at the time
my swelling

I’d not allowed
myself the virginal
white. No train.
Pricked my finger
leaving a small

Being my own bad fairy
I’ve dreamed
half the years away.
Fifty still to make
if I survive
to wake.

Copyright © Gill Napier 2010

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