After a LOT of reading – there were 566 entries – we have now announced the winners of our 2019/20 Poetry Competition.

We are very grateful to our wonderful judges for taking the time to read the shortlisted poems and select their favourites. Our judges were Bristol Poet Miles Chambers; Television Producer Richard Bowron of Bone Soup Productions; Deputy Lord Lieutenant Roger Opie MBE; Kurtis Reece of National Friendly; Jo Johnson, Y6 teacher and Reading Lead at Broomhill Junior School; staff at Bristol Water, our partners for the 2019/20 competition; and everyone at Intellect Ltd, who have published our poetry book for the last five years. Thank you to you all!

Poet Miles Chambers was kind enough to record a special message for our winners! Here is is sending his congratulations.

Normally, our winners and runners-up would be invited to a celebration event, where they would receive a small prize. As we cannot hold the event yet, each winner will receive a small prize and a certificate, plus a copy of the book with their poem in.

If you would like to have your own copy of our 2020 poetry book you can order one directly from us- copies are £5 each plus £2 P&P, contact us to order.

Here is the list of our wonderful winners and their poems:

Runner-up age 5-7- Water, by Joseph Risley, Year 1, St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy

I was in the deep, deep sea,
Nothing above or under me,
I heard a noise,
It was a laugh,
I realised I was in a bath!

 

Runner-up age 7-9- ‘Song of the Raindrops’ by Elodie Year 3, Cathedral Primary School

The rain cloud I fall from is fluffy and white,
It is the evening and it’s coming into night.
I fall in joy as the stars bejewel the night sky,
And reflect dancing moonbeams against my watery side making a shimmering frock.

The sun is rising in a clear beam of light,
That reveals the world from its slumber.
I fall into a stream but the sun takes pity on me,
And evaporates me back up to the clouds.

Slowly but calmly I am turned back into a beautiful raindrop,
And I fall down, down, down.
I am as light as a feather and a sweet type of weather.
Twisting and tumbling through frosted dusted leaves,
Spying juicy, ripe fruit hanging from trees covered with brown rough bark.

 

Runner-up age 9-11- ‘To The Drop’ by Poppy Sands, Year 6, Ashton Gate Primary School

O little drop, where have you been,
What have you heard, felt and seen?

Have you been part of a crashing wave,
Have you seen how the fish behave?

You may have been through a dinosaur,
A T-rex, Diplodocus and many more.

Maybe part of the atmosphere,
With the sun, stars and planets so near.

You could have poured down a waterfall,
That touches the sky as it’s so tall.

I watch and watch, I stay very still,
Until you fall off the windowsill.

 

Winner age 5-7- ‘Cloud Burst’ by Beatrice Brown, Year 2, Ashton Gate Primary School

Sucking up the sea
In the sky
Fuzzy white clouds
Soon more ocean disappears
Greyer and greyer

An Explosion!

The ocean falls down
On heads
On earth
Streams on roads
Puddles on pavements

Umbrellas up
Wellies on
Jumping in

Splash!

Soggy and damp
Wet ground
Living plants drinking up
It is good

 

Winner age 7-9, ‘The Boy and the Sea’ by Ryma Medjedoub, Year 3, Whitehall Primary School

“Look at me!” cried the sea,
Who was wild and free.
“What have I got to do with you?!”
Said the boy, who was mean and cruel.
“What’s your name?”
“What are you called?”
Questioned the boy again.
“I am the sea!”
“Yes, that’s me”
The boy just yawned and said:
“Don’t the fish in your water hurt you?”
“No never, they don’t, they just tickle me.”
“But if you said, you’re wild and free,
Why aren’t you moving?”
“I can move can’t you see?!”
So, the sea swished and swashed,
And washed the boy away.

 

Winner age 9-11, ‘Look at Me!’ by Amelie Scanlon, Year 6, Ashton Gate Primary School

“Look at me!” sings the silvery stream as it passes an exploring traveller.
“Look at me! I’ve passed hills and mountains,
So look at me, dear traveller, look at me!”

“Look at me!” boasts the bubbling brook as it passes a running traveller.
“Look at me! I’ve passed bridges and valleys and hills and mountains,
So look at me, dear traveller, look at me!”

“Look at me!” roars the raging river as it passes a walking traveller.
“Look at me! I’ve passed cities and towns, bridges and valleys and hills and mountains,
So look at me, dear traveller, look at me!”

“Look at me!” shouts the stirring swell as it passes a weary traveller.
“Look at me! I’ve passed pollution and plastic, cities and towns, bridges and valleys and hills and mountains,
So look at me, dear traveller, look at me!”

“Look at you!” thinks the thirsty traveller as he looks for a drink.
“l can’t drink you! You’re filthy and foul, filled with rubbish and muck,
I can’t look at you, dear river, no more.”

 

Overall Winner, ‘Water’ by Leilani Peglar, Year 2, St. Ursula’s E-ACT Academy

My mummy says it’s important to drink water every day
So that I can keep healthy and keep illness away.
I know I’m really lucky, the water we have is clean,
Children in Tanzania drink water filled with disease.
Those children aren’t so lucky, they get sick and many will die,
I watch the films with mummy and it makes me want to cry.
No clean water to play in and none to wash in too,
Water filled with worms and fleas,
Drinking wee and poo.
I wish that I could help them, to be as lucky as me,
I promise to drink more water, so I can stay healthy