Sonnet – OWA 2015 2nd Place


This entry came 2nd place in the Oriel Writing Awards: Poetry Category for the year 2015.


Sonnet – by Kat Wood

Earth lies as barren as dry winter air,
Corsets of concrete and brick pin her down,
Jealous of radiance, features so fair,
Workmen are covering her with a gown.
Not one of autumn leaves, dew drops or snow,
Nor a soft blanket of eiderdown mist,
Tar fills the spaces where grass used to grow,
Steamrollers power ahead and insist,
‘We will bring calm where a fever did rage,
Order where chaos ruled over the land
Nature’s old body will make for a stage
Humankind firmly upon her will stand’.
While the Earth’s soma to this acquiesced,
Tremors of chagrin convulsed in her breast.


The Poor Print

Established in 2013, The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford. Written by members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff, new issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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