Poetry Competition Commended | ‘Piano’ By Atar Hadri
For Poetry Day Ireland 2018, HeadStuff.org launched a brand new poetry competition to celebrate this fantastic day of poetic activity around the country. This year the theme of the day was ‘Surprises’. For our competition we chose the theme ‘Surprise Encounters’
Our esteemed panel of judges for this year’s poetry competition were Colm Keegan and Erin Fornoff. Erin noted that they were ‘looking for surprising poems, and poems that arrest and compel and leave an emotional legacy. National Poetry Day is a great way to show that poetry is a fibre in everyone’s life, and speaks to truth that everyone shares.’
We at HeadStuff were humbled by the response to the competition with the sheer numbers of those who submitted their work. The judges were deeply impressed by the high quality of submissions. it was an incredibly difficult decision to pick three winners and thirteen commended poems.
Over the next few days we will publish the three placed poems and thirteen commended ones. We would like to congratulate all the poets on their achievement.
We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to submit to the competition. We received a high number of submissions of really high quality so please do keep watching the HeadStuff poetry section for more details on future submission information. Finally we would like to thank University College Cork, Poetry Ireland and Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat for their support.
By Atar Hadri
My father walking out the room
with his grandson under one arm
going to teach him how to play piano
just before he turned one.
There was the noise of notes-
a door frames my nephew looking at black
and white eels underneath my father’s hands
before his face as he sat in my father’s lap;
music rising through the leaded windows
and my father stops and kisses the top of his head
before carrying on out the door to teach him piano,
a sound in that corridor until the day we left.
The first HeadStuff poetry competition was kindly judged anonymously by Colm Keegan and Erin Fornoff.