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Poetry and creative writing competition 2014

WW1 Centenary Commemoration - Swale area school poetry and creative writing competition 2014

Swale Borough Council supported the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey to host a competition and presentation evening which encouraged students from across Swale to write a poem or piece of creative writing of up to 500 words, to commemorate the centenary of World War One with the theme of ‘Remembrance’.

The presentation evening featured an exhibition of the entries as well as performances of dance, music and poetry from the Oasis Academy and St George's Primary School students.

The winning entrants received book tokens and framed certificates which were presented by the Leader of Swale Borough Council Cllr Andrew Bowles.

Poetry Winners

The two winning poems were

'What Blessings?'

What blessings for our lowly soldiers,
Who are living in the trenches,
What blessings for our lowly soldiers,
Who every day the rain drenches.

What memories for our fatigued soldiers,
Who wish that they were home,
What memories for our fatigued soldiers,
Whose wives are all alone.

What gifts for our courageous soldiers,
Only a blanket of sorrow,
What gifts for our courageous soldiers,
They’ll receive the same gift tomorrow.

What comfort for our helpless soldiers,
With roaring rifles ringing in their ears,
What comfort for our helpless soldiers,
Despite being men, they still shed tears.

What hope for our heroic soldiers,
Who are eating like they are poor,
What hope for our heroic soldiers,
Who are fighting in the war.

How many thoughts for our weak soldiers,
Who our country they defend,
How many thoughts for our weak soldiers,
Who are waiting for the end.

By Rose Francis of Ethelbert Primary School, Faversham.

‘Remember’

Remember the thousands, who went off to war,
Remember the pain and the tragedy they saw,
Remember the ones shipped out as young lads,
Remember the long life they should have had.

Tricked into war by a poster they saw,
A cheesy one liner that would make them look brave,
And now to their country they have become a slave,
Thinking of fond memories about family and home,
It’s a shame only then they couldn’t just pick up the phone.

All those men who were injured in battle,
And all those haunted by gun and its rattle,
One minute sitting, relaxing on park benches,
The next running and dying in trenches.

Remember the thousands, who went off to war,
Remember the pain and the tragedy they saw,
Remember the brave, to whom we owe a debt,
So for this year and forever “Lest we forget”.

By Finley Barker of Year 9, Westlands School, Sittingbourne

Highly Commended Awards were also presented to:

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