Category: 1st Prize winning poems

  • Colony Collapse Syndrome

    2021 Crabbe Competition – 1st Prize Adjudicator: Anne-Marie Fyfe

  • Memory House – Elizabeth Cook

    2020 Crabbe Poetry Competition – 1st Prize Adjudicator: Martin Figura

  • Swallow – Jim Green

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 2017 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize Adjudicator: Esther Morgan I would say to my friend who is learning to speak that there are things we can spoil if we talk of them too much Home, for instance, is best built not by these words but by the dark […]

  • Winter’s Day – Brig. J.R.T.Aldous

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 1964 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize Adjudicator: Edward Ritchie, Rita Spurr, Jack Lindsay Joy will be thine, so runs the age old truth, If thou wilt breed a son and plant a tree; And Shakespeare tells that this thy golden youth In childhood”s eyes will ever live for […]

  • Because I Cannot Get To Sleep – Stephanie Fone

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1963 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize Adjudicator: Mrs Redwood Anderson, Leslie Missen, Paul Jennings Because I cannot get to sleep I snuggle down and count the sheep And there before my shuttered eyes Are sheep of every shape and size. Sheep large, sheep small, sheep plump, sheep wild And […]

  • Greek Temples, Agrigento – Gillian Edwards

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1965 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize Adjudicator: Ronald Blythe, Dr Anernethy Rev. J. Gilchrist No Greek ever pays his penny Back over Styx,I said; They do not sleep unquiet” They lived and they are dead. No wraith in sculptured linen or marble-naked stirs among these silent pillars, this tranquil […]

  • Friend Anonymous – D.Murrell-Simmons

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1966 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 […]

  • Cow Pleasure – Anthony Weedon

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 1978 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Joint First Prize Adjudicators: John Holloway, Joan Foreman Here is the delicious sound of a cow cropping fresh grass; she flicks her tongue round a wadge, presses up with her teeth, tugs, and pulls with a satisfied sucking crunch and swallows fast into her […]

  • Summer Morning – David Britton

    1995 Crabbe Memorial Competition – Joint First Prize Adjudicators: Jeni Couzyn and Lawrence Sail Until a man speaksall this is silence. Out in the mist the cattlelift their heads back and implorethe gods and gracesto continue blessing. Man is at wonder still,the door of his dayhalf-open.Marvels in hearing howthe silence is both raucousand unbroken. Listens […]

  • Remember Me – Gillian Edwards

    The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition1958 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First PrizeAdjudicators: Sir Charles Tennyson, Philip Larkin, F. Cornford Remember me;The dark beside the bright,The shell of nightThat holds and bounds the day.Praise me;Love me, if you dare, but praise me,All good’s measure,All time’s end,The parting in the meeting,The sting, the intensity of pleasure,The black […]