2019 Noreen Mavis Daley Poetry Prize Winner Announced
The Noreen Mavis Daley Poetry Prize was endowed by the late Royston Porthouse in memory of his mother. The prize is open to all students currently enrolled in a Campion program of study. Entrants must submit an original, unpublished poem not exceeding 50 lines. There are no generic or thematic constraints.
The 2019 Prize was awarded to 1st year student, Gareth Cassidy. Read his winning poem below.
i will wait for you, like a dog;
lying scattered, in the tear dust,
drinking sweet darkness, ageing on pus,
tired eyes conceded to the cloud,
shattered by the shadow shroud,
that veils all things holy.
nothing left, but only
every pore of the soul, aching
for my Master’s call, some whisper
of His steps come close, or tremor
in the chambers of His Precious Heart.
…in the tension,
that hovers over the swell
where eternity and line time,
crash into one; there …
dead in the blissful vision and dying
for the anticipation of the vision,
suffering the sweetness of completion
before the agony of becoming …
let me die here,
cocooned by cloud,
asleep in the water, suspended
slave to strange currents
whispers through the between land,
long living longing,
throbbing with the sunflower
leaning to the shadow.
oh, may it swell up slow
and take me.
life’s a guilty pleasure,
sliding, sting of honey on tongue
fleeting, faster than death
seeping, as dreams on breath
all so light, hold it!
it might just blow away.
and do i even now wake?
trampling dusky earth
pressed by dusty skies,
dancing jubilation in secret
in lands unstuck from time.
so heavy the days
deep nights of longing.
i am giddy with life
and the precious knowledge:
that now is my day to die.