Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

Archive for the month “October, 2016”

The Bridport Prize 2016

I went to a brilliant lunch in Bridport last Saturday for the prize-giving. I was delighted to receive the Dorset Prize for my poem, ‘Making Tea, Drinking Coffee’, which can be read in the Bridport Prize anthology 2016 along with all the other fantastic poems, stories and flash fictions that are this year’s winning entries. The judges were fascinating to listen to and Patience Agabi’s talk chimed particularly with me.

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Poem for National Poetry Day

Glow-worms

 

The dry stone walls lining the lane

were decorated with toadflax, lichen,

and tiny faces of heartsease.

 

The pale stones like warm pumice

were home to basking lizards,

glistening slow-worms with flicking tongues,

 

and fat-bodied, mottled spiders,

their slung webs like fragile silk doilies.

 

Strings of lights, pin-points of fire

 

lit our way returning, our footsteps

and our words echoing up the gardens

and ahead of us, along the lane.

 

 

 

© Sarah Barr

 

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