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1st prize - 2010

Photograph of Jill Abram

Jill Abram has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember but this is the first competition she has entered. This win has encouraged her that it should not be the last so she plans to invest her prize in entry fees. Jill has been performing her poems for the last couple of years and is the current Wham Bam Poetry Slam champion. She enjoys doing workshops and courses and wrote this poem at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre for Wales, on April 1st (but no fool, she!). She earns her living making sound effects for radio comedy programmes. (Photo by John Paul O'Neill)
Remnants of Beauty by Jill Abram

On a lilac fur-topped stool, she sits
while a tinny transistor hurls out hits.
She opens her mouth to stretch her eyes,
brushes mascara on her lashes
to darken, lengthen, volumise.
A spray of scent from an atomiser,
the doorbell dingdongs and she's gone.
Faded pinks of primula petals pressed
under the glass of the dressing table.
On top, a dusting of rouge, a sprinkle of blue,
a crumpled, lipstick-kissed tissue.

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