It is my pleasure to share a Highly Commended poem from the Fairy Tale Poetry competition for local high school students -
15 year old Helena Dray's "Many a Time Over." Well done, Helena.
Many a time over
Many a time over, the world is filled with such ruthless despair,
flooding children’s dreams and filling minds with fear.
But when stories speak of strength, all so profound,
The certain, plaguing evil will no longer rain down,
We learn to fly through our lives without a single care.
As people’s newly found glee begins to fill the air.
Many a time over, tales of terror are told with hope cracking through.
Legends of lies with hints of tender virtue,
fables of fear with destiny underlying.
They tell us how to see, how to reach the silver lining.
In the books given to us, there are stories to pursue,
with lessons to be learned that we could never undo.
Many a time over, a sleepy child’s mind gets filled with such urgency,
a desire of good, of kindness and of certainty.
The thoughts they pursued throughout the day,
dance around in their heads as they get filed away.
As sleepy heads are laid to rest, ready to regain the strength they lack,
from out of the shelf, Mum pulls a paperback.
And as they become tired, their dreams become strong.
And as they go to sleep, their imaginations awake, all night long.
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