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Poetry Competition Shortlist: “(Untitled)”

Laura Ludtke


The crunch of snow beneath my feet echoes
across the still, lamp-filled night
as the silhouettes of skaters
dance across the frozen pond.
Above, the spidering wires are lit
by the eclipse of a pregnant red moon.
Trapped in winter’s eternal shell,
I long to burrow down, against the cold,
warm in my double duvet.
In the half light, only the shapes of shadows
seem to matter – not the red-barked dogwood,
tall against my window, not the burst of sun,
dying in the late afternoon grey.
In my dreams, the shadows of your shape
are noticeably gone.

Laura Ludtke was shortlisted for the Oxonian Review Poetry Competition 2013.