Hastings & St Leonards Senior's Forum Poetry Competition - WINNERS
In commemoration of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Hastings & St Leonards Senior's Forum held a poetry competition. The winners are Anne Whiting with 1066.... and Muriel Johns with AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS:
Warrior Square and Conqueror Road, welcome to 1066.
William Road and Harold Place will never forget
All over the world they know the date, but...........
Someone must know we lost?
On Pevensey shore, all kitted for war,
the Normans marched to Battle,
Arrows flew, swords clashed, conquerors won the day.
Someone must know we lost.
Rolling wooded hills, sunsets o'er the grey/green seas welcome to 1066.
Bonfires, fireworks, dressing-up, they party on the beach.
Don't they know we lost!
Castles have crumbled, fields overgrown, historic change forgotten.
'Never again' the locals shout.....though the heir to the throne is a William!
Someone must know we lost!
They just could not believe it!................
AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS
WE BURIED BRAN’S HEAD IN THE WHITE HILL
AS OUR LEADER INSTRUCTED US TO.
HE PROMISED NO FOE SHOULD INVADE US
SO LONG AS HIS POWER HELD TRUE,
AND WHILE THAT POW’R LASTED HIS RAVENS
WOULD FLOCK TO THE SITE OF HIS SHRINE:
“FOR I AM THE GOD OF THE RAVENS
AND THERE IS NO POWER LIKE MINE!”
‘TIL ONE FATAL DAY IN OCTOBER
WHEN ALL THE BIRDS DRIFTED AWAY
AS NORMAN BOATS GROUND ON OUR BEACHES
AND NORMAN LORDS CAME HERE TO STAY;
AND HIGH ON THE WHITE HILL THEY BUILT A WHITE TOWER
TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THEIR TYRANNICAL POWER -
AND WING-CLIPPED THE RAVENS TO FORCE THEM TO STAY,
AS THOUGH THAT WOULD KEEP NEW INVADERS AWAY!
Photo Credit: Indiana Hamilton-Brown
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