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235th Weekly Poetry Contest honorable mention: HELEN

by Ciarán Parkes

Writing a letter to you
from hospital,
quoting Edgar Allan Poe:
'Helen, thy beauty is to me...'

I was nine or eight.
I never sent it.
I remember a warm glow,
saying your name to the child psychologist:
my best friend, yes...

A star that didn't move or fade all night,
watching it through
the big window; the sleeping beds
all around me
like ships at sea.

235th Weekly Poetry Contest