Congratulations to David Thompson for his prize-winning Wales shoreline-inspired poem “Rock Pools on the Tide Line“.
Rock Pools on the Tide Line Nothing's constant except change, the same old rhythm of wave and furrow, tide and moon. Between tides, rock pools transform, starting cold, warming in the sun, water less salt when it rains. Caught by the ebb, countless small fry jink and dart to dodge their subaquatic hunters. Above, on bared rocks as they dry, birds swoop on molluscs. marooned, stuck, static - winkles, whelks and limpets trapped in their shells air-lifted, dropped and smashed by canny crows, mussels impaled on oyster-catchers' bills - while crabs scurry to pick the residues. The tide swings back, flooding rocks, pools, the small lethal dramas of predator and prey. Life ends, life restarts as waves rise and fall, constant in their careless inconstancy.
In August and September we invited writers to submit poems and short stories of 250 words or under that were inspired by the Wales Coast Path.
It is the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Wales Coast Path and we were very grateful to the Gower Walking Festival and local bookshop Cover to Cover who not only commissioned a Writing Words of Wonder Shorelines Stories workshop led by El Rhodes but also put up a prize for the best poem or story submitted before the 30th of September.
David commented, “I was delighted to get your email with the good news about the Shorelines prize. Many thanks to the judge, Sarah Samuel, for her choice, and to the Gower Walking Festival and walk · listen · create for organising the competition. I particularly enjoyed writing this poem, which brought back wonderful memories.“
David was a participant in the most recent Writing Words of Wonder Shoreline Stories workshop, as well a being a shortlisted author in our Walking Home chapbook anthology with his poem “An Afternoon Walk in the Jura“.
Shorelines is kept open for submissions, so whether you are inspired by a coast, lake, or river shoreline, do make a submission to the growing archive.
Image credit: Jason-Thomas-ki4ZEA98OLQ-unsplash: Rhossili Bay , Swansea, United Kingdom