Poem of the month

The English 'Poem of the month' competition showcases students’ creative talents. Open to all UWE Bristol students, it highlights the wide appeal of literary forms of expression across the disciplines.

“The poet is the person… who sees and handles that which others dream of, traverses the whole scale of experience, and is representative.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Poet,” (1844)

The judging panel is comprised of English staff and a student representative from the English Society.

February 2017 winning poem


The crystallising light is now unclear.

The young buds have yet a frost to endure.

While some beings frolic,

others cower in fright.

The ginger tom cat stalks pursuing the females,

as the lion

tends to his wound and tries to take the thorn out of his own paw.


The fox decides to seek new pastures.

Once known as friend, it is now seen as foe.


it would still have others’ harvest if it could.


The bear is poised,

to strike or to hibernate,

the current climate confuses it.

If it did strike, would it be because of an intruder?

Or because it wanted to make it’s presence felt?


The birds can’t find their way home for the winter,

their migration path has subverted,

there has been a colossal shift,

in landmarks once thought stable.


A mother pheasant can’t tend to her brood,

as she instinctively knows how to do,

her young are picked off by the hunt.


A broody hen tries to hatch some eggs,

to carry on her bloodline to the new generation,

but the eggs are not viable,

she carries on regardless in some vain hope


A golden retriever wanders by and tries to join the fray,

because somebody told him it would be fun.


Every being has a choice,

whether to stake a claim,

or scavenge through the after-effects and find fault.

To use one’s voice is

vulnerability, strength

privilege and right.

By Hannah Medland

UWE Bristol English and English Language student


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