Radford student wins international Poetry Competition

Radford student, Enling Liao, winner of Write the World's Poetry Competition

Radford student, Enling Liao, winner of Write the World's Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Year 11 student Enling Liao, who was announced last week as the winner of Write the World's World Poetry and Spoken Word Competition, for her moving poem entitled Wood and Water.

Write the World interviewed Enling about her poem here. Read the full poem below.

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Wood and Water, by Enling Liao

Late afternoon. 
I never knew a whisper, soft and sweet, could sing 
In tranquil lapse. The starshine shimmery and waltzing into 
Breath. When languid, gold-lined eyes  
Look 
Into the sea. 

That blue October evening when the spring melts into 
Summery wind and 
Scarves are not yet abandoned to the breeze 

By the bridge a piano hums. 
Water on wood, 
Velvet on air -  

His fingers dream their song into the lap-lapping of a slur; with a  
Tilting 
Lull of the wind and the waves 
A phrase has 
Ended. 

Grey coat swings, shadows play 
Afternoon melds sound into Space. 

. . . 

Dolce,  
Calm, 
A passing for each single foggy 
Breath 

And fading; still light dying, 
Marigold filtered into a final musky black 
Between the planks, the wood is dreaming and the 
city  
Gleams 

In Berlin, beside a timber deck where water ebbs and drifts in- 
-terminably into the dusk 
There hangs a warm thrum-thrum in the air . . . 
That Brandeis-blue gold evening pedals out a late October lilt 
And the sun falls, and the bridge beside the wood murmurs; 

Andante, spianato.

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