Richmond’s Romantic Poetry Competition Winners
Friday 3 March 2017
Throughout February Richmond, Motueka and Takaka libraries held their inaugural Romantic Poetry Competition.
Dozens of wonderful poems were entered from all over Tasman, and one was entered from the United Kingdom.
Each of the three libraries chose a winner in the four categories: best love poem about a pet, best love poem about a political figure, most romantic poem and best love poem about your library.
Richmond Library’s winners were:
Most Romantic Poem: These I Love by Carol Don Ercolano
Far-flung spray on a windy beach
low-hung stars just out of reach
new moons caught in the blue-gum tree
twilight walks ... and you and me
Pansy faces with trusting looks
the feel and smell of brand new books
mad-cap tui in the kowhai tree
fire-lit rugs ... and you and me
Dreaming clouds on a wedgewood sky
snow-touched mountains reaching high
lazy swims in a summer sea
sun-warmed sand ... and you and me
Soft-sprung moss on the forest floor
lightning's flash and thunder's roar
rare white herons flying free
hazy rain ... and you and me
Best Love Poem About a Political Figure: By Trevor Walton
Hootchie coo and coochie pie
I know our love is pie-in-sky
You're stuck behind a foreign border
To maintain the country's social order
Barred by walls of great dimension
Fomenting growing sexual tension
There is a chance, technology
Will let us consummate - in virtual reality
But alas, we may not sustain our passion
Knowing spooks will watch our heated thrashings
Getting off behind their screens
While we wilt and dry - you get the scene
My only hope is that this frustration
Will be shared by lovers across the nations
United in a giant pelvic thrust
They grind DT to cosmic dust
Opening borders and crumbling walls
Bringing peace and love to all
Best Love Poem About a Library: Possibilities by Moira Siobhan
Sometimes the world's a rainbow,
a kaleidoscope of shades.
Sometimes it's a sea of mystery
into which we wade.
There are heroes and adventurers,
villains most depraved.
Gorgeous girls and handsome men,
damsels who are saved.
How to recipes and more ...
Stacks and stacks of choices,
exciting tales galore!
It is often very difficult,
wandering the aisles,
to make a quick decision,
it often takes a while.
Some stories are of love and trust,
some are even scary.
So many different story lines,
It's why I love my library!
Best Love Poem About a Pet: By Maxine Leaning
rest in peace
Thank you to everyone who entered our poetry competition.