The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
1966 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize
Adjudicators: Mrs T. Williams, Frances Warner, Leslie Missen

Acknowledging your skill, I sometimes ponder

the nature of your own particular daemon

whose influence is clear but more uncommon

than any I have met with, and I wonder

what tempests or what bitter frosts have stunted

symmetry in your mind, what fierce encounter

proved your essential strength, or what long winter

of discontent you endured till fate relented.

Since every talent”s held in trust, the spending

of it is seldom ours without condition.

How much you forfeited for what you fashion

is no concern of mine; yet understanding

I have, in some degree, by which I reckon

A bond unites us though no word is spoken.

Copyright © D. Murrell-Simmons 1966

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