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Poetry Prize Winner

Olivia Hack has recently been named joint winner of the U16 section of the Penzance Literary Festival’s ‘Be a Write Pirate’ competition. The judges said that Olivia’s use of language was what caught their attention. Olivia was presented with a beautiful handmade fountain pen as a prize.

Olivia wrote the poem on a train to London back in January. The train was delayed for an hour having been stuck in Camborne. She saw the competition in the paper and as she had no wifi thought she’d give it a go to kill the time. She will be performing her poem at The Exchange Gallery on Saturday night.

Pirates by Olivia Hack

I step upon the deck ready to dive,

Beneath me the sea swifts by like black dark liquid,

Silent swirls with not a sound of a gull,

The pirates all around me stand still,

Hooks on the wooden deck swaying, swaying.

I step upon the deck ready to dive,

Beneath me the sea swifts by like black dark liquid,

Silent swirls with not a sound of a gull,

The pirates all around me stand still,

Hooks on the wooden deck swaying, swaying.

Thunder thumps as loud as my cry,

Rocking back and forth the ship spins,

I hear the silent screams,

Creating crashes, we’re going under.

Under and under we go,

Pentacles pull me forward,

Slimy black pentacles as dark as the torn sky,

Wishing I was on deck, I struggle to be free.

Suckers so strong as the captains hook,

Exhausted by a single Craken,

Finding my self tied to a darken tree,

Aggressive pirates around me rip the rope with bare teeth,

Pirates filled with anger like the skies I once saw above,

I slowly, slowly take out my sharping shell.

Ripping the rope with great force,

Tearing it with the sharpest part,

Blood flows to my right,

Continuing to keep going I break free.

Depressed pirates watch me standing still,

Fresh hope fills their blood shot eyes,

The same pirates so eager to throw me off deck,

Once so eager to think I will set them free,

I leave the pirate crew with a tear of solid glory.