Congratulations to our poetry competition winners
Our Progress Activities Co-ordinator, Danni, recently organised our first-ever poetry competition for independent living tenants.
The poems had to have been written during the pandemic or were about the pandemic.
Two winners were chosen, Joyce, with her poem Pray, and an anonymous tenant, with a poem alled Our Chippy, who each won £10 Tesco vouchers.
Thank you to those who submitted their poems. We really enjoyed reading the entries and were blown away by the talent of our tenants.
Joyce was delighted when we told her she had won and she was even more thrilled when she was invited to read her winning poem out on the local community radio station, Radio Leyland.
Joyce was inspired by the pandemic, which left her feeling worried and isolated, and so she submitted several poems based on the topic.
She says: "I felt great when I found out I had won the competition. It was lovely being on the radio – I was really chuffed. It was pre-recorded, and so I was nervous about listening to it when it went on air."
Joyce, who is in her 70s, adds she has been writing poems throughout her adult life, and she has a collection of more than 100 all kept safe in a folder. Her poems have been published in church magazines, as well as anthologies about nature.
She says: "I like writing about everything. I can find inspiration anywhere but I do like nature and theology. I am also influenced by modern date poetry within pop music especially the lyrics sung by Michael Bolton, David Coverdale and Amy Winehouse.
My personality comes out as I express my thoughts and feelings. I see writing as a gift. It is very therapeutic."
And here is her winning poem:
Pray by Joyce
Pray the virus away
To never come back another day
No more not seeing families
Or going to their houses
No more separation
From loved ones
From visiting them at home
Sharing lives together
Hugs and all that
Trying to help
In times of trouble or not
This was also our winner:
Our Chippy – by an anonymous poet
(read in your best Lancashire accent)
Our chippy stands ont corner
Just like all good chippys do
And if you want the best chips in Preston
Then this is place for you
It's a bit scruffy like and old fashioned
And there's no currie or out like that
But their chips are done to perfection
And the fish are reet big and fat
Thas never seen cod like em
Honest I'm not telling a tale
Thas never had battered fish like it
There big as a bloody great whale
The steak puddings are out of this world
And the peas are all mushy and green
And the haddock is a real work of art
The meat pies are a gourmets dream
It's a reet good place is our chippy
Especially on a Saturday neet
When thas as eight or nine pints of best bitter
And a bit wobbly like on your feet
Thy can lean ont counter contemplating
Whether to ave portion of chips and a pie
Or a fish done in crisps golden batter
While tha watching the big begger fry
It's best place in town is our chippy
And it's reet good value I've found
Where else can you get a meal of distinction
And still get change from a pound
I said it should be in the good food guide
Cos the grub to me is unique
And if it was up to me at our house
We'd ave fish and chips every neet
You can keep your steaks done in red wine
And fancy cheeses like Edam and Bree
You can have your prawn cocktails and pate
It's fish chips and peas for me
You can eat at all the best restaurants
You can go where ever you wish
But youl not beat our chippy on't corner
For pies steak puddings or fish
Now I know you don't believe what I'm saying
Cos no one listens to me
So you best come up one Saturday
And try em for yourself and see