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Sascha Letica wins lockdown poetry competition

On behalf of everyone here at TGS and the Poetry In Action organisation, we would like to congratulate Sascha Letica on being the recent winner of their lockdown poetry entry competition!

They were blown away by receiving hundreds of poem submissions from students across Australia, New Zealand and the United States and said "Sascha's poem really stood out to us. We were so impressed with your poem that as well as qualifying into the Top 10 Finalists it was selected as the WINNER of all the entries! Your words were very moving and incredibly powerful. We loved your imaginative use of imagery and metaphor to create a stunning piece. It transported us right there with you, watching the paint dry on our changing world."

The Poetry in Action actors also created a short video reading of her poem which can be viewed here.

Keep up the great work, Sascha. Keep writing. Keep inspiring!

Sascha's entry:

WITH A STIFF HORSEHAIR BRUSH,
AND A MULTI-COLOURED ROLLER,
THE PAINT COATS THE WALL,
STRIPE BY STRIPE.
MIXING RED AND BLUE I GET PURPLE,
THE COLOUR OF MY DUVET COVER.
SWIRLING YELLOW AND RED I GET ORANGE,
THE COLOUR OF THE SUNSET FROM BEHIND MY GLASS WINDOWS.
THE PAINT STREAKS,
RUNNING DOWN LIKE TEARS ON A FACE,
CHANGING ONE THING TO ANOTHER.
AND THEN, ONCE THE BRUSHES HAVE BEEN WASHED AND CANS PACKED AWAY IN THE CUPBOARD THAT I RARELY OPEN,
I WATCH.
WATCH THE PAINT DRY,
WATCH THE COLOURS CHANGE,
AND WATCH MY WORLD CHANGE.
OUR WORLD HAS BEEN DOUSED IN A COLOUR THAT’S UNRECOGNISED,
A COLOUR THAT’S MADE US ALL SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE.
NOW, TRAPPED IN OUR HOUSES,
WE MUST WATCH OUR PAINTED WORLD DRY,
SEE WHAT IT BECOMES,
JUST AS I DO TO MY WALLS.

Sascha Letica
Takapuna Grammar School, Auckland, NZ 

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