Long listed for the WALKING HOME writing competition run in January & February 2022

Poetry Runner-Up

Marcelle Newbold reads her poem Returning


The walk home was gentle that evening:
puddles jumped, brambles skirted,
marble-sized stones – a game.
His apple-crunch added to the music,
the rhythmical drag-thud of his skip.

The sparrows, they quietened after a strenuous day,
the cries of distant school runs abated.
A moon was full and sharp. 

Intermittent dim streetlights appeared as we
emerged from the protecting lane.
Once inside, front door slammed, muddied
coat discarded, velcro shoes removed,
he came close, whispered – a thousand years old 

tide’s high tonight, the moon pulls it,
the pirates will be out.

Read more from the Long List of poems and stories submitted to the WALKING HOME writing competition. Watch winning authors reading their work on the video of the Write About Walking Home showcase event that took place on Sunday 25 September 2022.

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Marcelle Newbold

Marcelle's writing explores place and inheritance. Pushcart Prize nominated, and winner of the Poetry in the Arcades competition in 2020, her poems have been published in online and print magazines including Ink Sweat & Tears, Iamb poet, and The Ekphr...


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