Leeds girl Emily wins international poetry award

Emily Dee from Leeds was one of the top 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016. Picture: Hayley Madden.

Emily Dee from Leeds was one of the top 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016. Picture: Hayley Madden.

A POEM written by a Leeds teenager has been named among the best works in the world by judges of a literary award.

Emily Dee, 17, was one 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016.

Her poem – The Causeway, Lindisfarne – was selected from more than 6,000 entries offering up 10,000 poems from across the world.

Organised by The Poetry Society and supported by The Foyle Foundation, the awards have been held annually since they were founded in 1998.

The top 15 poems will be published in a printed winners’ anthology from March, with 85 highly commended pieces being printed online.

The Causeway, Lindisfarne

In spring, when frost delays departure,

the wooden pillars lock, speared into the sand.

Snails creep across the rough bark,

varnishing the rugged wood,

seeking moonlight in the higher altitude.

Tearful seals raise their sombre heads to the sky,

smoothing the sharp rocks with their melancholy sighs.

Moss-cloaked barriers restrain the sea

as screaming winds power forwards

and the moon, a silent engine,

drags the weary water across the sand.

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