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National Poetry Day - Kingsley poetry competition winners announced

posted 2 Nov 2016, 07:58 by Kingsley Academy   [ updated 2 Nov 2016, 08:14 ]
The English Department, in collaboration with the Library, was delighted to receive an excellent reaction to the call for entries to our poetry competition, especially from our new Year 7 students. It is really encouraging to know that such an enthusiastic and talented group of writers has joined the Academy this year and it was particularly difficult to shortlist from this year group. In fact shortlisting was incredibly difficult across the board! In the end the judging panel were delighted to award the three main prizes to students from Key Stage 3 as a way to reflect the fierce level of competition in this key stage and to celebrate our incredibly talented writers in the lower school.
Choosing the winners was not an easy task, as so many students wrote lyrical and thought-provoking responses to the theme of messages. In the end, the judgement came down to the poets’ originality and to how well they had used language, structure and imagery. The winning poem, ‘Dear Grandad!’ is a hugely poignant narrative of love and loss in the modern world. It is clear that the poet has a genuine understanding of the power of words and how they tell a story. Our winning entry shows an awareness that poetry can be a medium to process grief and regret and lead to some kind of healing.  In second place, ‘Talking’, was impressive in that it displayed a natural understanding of poetic form: in terms of how the words were laid out, some subtly suggested meanings and the poet’s beautifully linked ideas about technology and emotions. Finally, in third place, ‘Leave a Message’ was selected for the way its well-controlled form and rhythm seemed to correspond so well with the ideas it presents. A creative response to a canonical literary text the poem successfully infuses modern ideas into a timeless classic. 

Well done everyone!

Dear Grandad by Steven Metcalfe

Dear Grandad,
Maybe next year grandad,
When the mortgage is all paid,
What’s another year anyway, grandad?
I promise we’ll come and stay,
A cup of tea and chinwag,
All we’d ever need,
But our lives are just so busy,
And I’ve got a family to feed,

Sorry again, grandad,
Work is piling up,
Hey, I’ll be round soon for that little catch up,
I promise that I won’t let you down,
Keep the kettle boiled and don’t fret or frown,

I’m really sorry grandad,
But we’ve got a holiday,
And we’d lose our deposit,
I promise we will stay,
We’re getting on in years and well the kids are too,
I hope you can understand we need to cherish them as much as you,

Hello again grandad,
It’s been a while,
You’ve not answered the phone lately,
You’ve got me worried,
We’ll come around tomorrow, for that chat,
And don’t you worry,
We bought you presents and all that!

Grandad, sorry,
We got caught up,
I’m sure you’re free Thursday,
If not just call back!

Goodbye grandad,
You lived a good life,
I just wish I hadn’t got caught up by the kids and wife,
The times I let go, the messages I left,
Now you’re not here,
I regret not coming over,
Rest in peace grandad, I’m sorry I couldn’t come over.

Talking by Neharika Limbu 7Y

We haven't talked in a while,
Even though you promised we would.
I wish I could rewind time,
Back to when things were simpler,
When we were naïve and innocent,
So oblivious to the world.
Back when we were so persistent,
That we would be friends, till the end of time.

But now, as I lay in bed, phone in hand, waiting for your reply,
To the question that had been lingering in my mind.
I close my eyes and remember vividly,
All those childish games we had played,
Back when we were happy.

Leave a message by Adil Nazareth

This is Victor, leave a message.
Hey Vic, it’s me Adam, your monster.
As you can see I learnt how to speak. Google Translate helped a lot
I also learnt how to read and write
I read books from the local li-berry; they have this really queer system 
They have levels. I’m currently on like a 3.5-6.4, not bad
I was born “bouta week ago”, I’m just kidding, 
You know when I was born.

Listen, I met this girl, Mary Shelley. Oh just beautiful.
I got married to her; I now have a son, Igor.
Boy, is he cute.

The reason I called you is because, I just wanted to say 
I’M COMING FOR YOU!!  Yeah, I am 
I’m going to crush your soul or brain, I’m not sure.
Yeah I’m going to crush your soul like I did to your sister.
Oh yeah, and I killed your sister.

Year 7
Sky by Azisa Fernandes 7Y

When I look  at the sky I remember  you 
The clouds go by and I keep  on remembering  you
The birds fly by and I still  keep remembering  you
But I will never ever forget  you 
I will  keep on remembering you
Hours will pass by
Days will pass by
Months will pass by
But I will not forget  you
But I will never ever forget  you 
I will  keep on remembering you
Generation will pass by
Centuries will pass by
But I will never ever forget  you 
I will  keep on remembering you
Centuries  and centuries
But I will never ever forget  you 
I will  keep on remembering you

Year 8 
Messenger by Yuvraj Singh 8X 

The messenger bird, flying so high in the sky,
Over the trenches of war, people fighting and then they die.
An important job lies with a fragile flying bird,
Yet somehow can deliver every single word.

And on that paper contains life-changing information,
Words that could change a nation.
This important job is done by a bird.
“Amazing!” The citizens say, “What could possibly be next?”
Now the message is sent in a second with a text

Year 9
Wishes by Ainwr Ashraf Ahmed 9MA 

I wish I could move on from that big mistake ,
learn from it 
and dry my tears.

I wish I could go back 
change it,
and follow my dreams.

I wish I could be free
fly like a butterfly
and colour my life.

I wish I could be strong,
until the end, following my dreams
and make them happen.

Year 10
Blink of an Eye by Tajmeet Singh 10P 

It’s mother’s birthday, it’s time to celebrate
The one person that could ask for anything an
I wouldn’t hesitate.

It’s her 41st birthday, I must bring her cake
I get to the bakery and find it read to take
To the party, I can’t be late, 
The excitement in my heart starts to inflate.

I lose track of the speed as go way above the limit
I feel the rush and adrenaline, I love it!
I’m getting texts on where I’m at and will I make it in time,
I begin to notice that I’m committing a crime.

I reach for my phone to respond that I’m on my way
I get a reply saying: OK
I look up to catch my life slip in the blink of an eye
I wish I could see my mum again

I couldn’t even text goodbye.

Year 11
Puppy Eyes by Alexandra Santos Ribeiro 11P 

"Saw the crumbled messed up sheets
Like a love nest safe and pure,
Then came you with cheeky speech
Lay in blankets cool azure. 

Lovely, your puppy brown eyes
Always shimmering with glee,
Just put on your smile, so wise
Want to share the bed with me?

Now they are just memories,
Weakly shrivel in my brain
Of your dazzling puppy eyes,
All thoughts of them are now slain."

Year 12 
A Message to the Borough by Tusmeea Ahmed 12X 

We're better than the rest 
We're here to be the best 
To achieve what we need 
And feed our greed 
For grades and success 
We ain't here to make a mess 

Of the future that awaits 
In the hands of fate
Located in Hounslow 
Was known as manor 
The name changed to Kingsley 
And now it’s better than ever
With over 400 students all working hard 
This schools not far from touching the stars

Year 13
Smile by Minuri Madushika Vithana Arachchige 13Q

I remember how you made me Laugh, 
With your dead Jokes.
I miss It, 
I miss your Smile .
I remember our conversations, 
You talked. I laughed. I mocked.
I miss It. 
I miss your Smile.
I remember you on that chair,
Waiting for me to come home.
That's when the nagging starts,
As if I don't get enough of that in school.
I miss It,
I miss your Smile.
I thought of you before
I remember I'd see you again
Now I think of you
I remember
Happiness, Laughter, Smiles.......Sadness
I will never see your smile again.