Winning Poems for TSA Contest

First Place—Lesley Anne Swanson

perforations
along this notebook page
almost invisible
the tiny separations
that ease the final parting

Second Place—Jenny Ward Angyal

on pilgrimage
to Yeats’ rag & bone shop—
I hammer
steely scraps of song,
build a monument to loss

Third Place—David Terelinck

banking the embers
after the last guest
has departed…
this Pandora’s box
of deepening silence
Honorable Mention  (no ranking)

long drought
our prayers for rain
go unanswered
the one cloud on the horizon
mushroom-shaped and growing

                Tracy Davidson
                 Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

gentle waves
rocking the boats . . .
another storm
my mind predicted
never happens

                Kenneth Slaughter
Grafton, Massachusetts

only remembering
how he loved me…
in a clear brook
white clouds gather
in my hands

                Christine L. Villa
North Highlands, California

listening
as her memory
slips
the family ghosts
out of the closet

                Celia Stuart-Powles
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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