"I consider myself a poet first and a musician second.
I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet." – Robert Zimmerman
The National Poetry Day Bob Dylan inspired poetry competition, supported by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, was won in December by Laura Perrett, 16, from Bradon Forest School, Purton near Swindon. Christmas came early as she won a special edition Dylan i-Pod for herself and a Sony flat screen television for her school.
Laura Perrett's poem was chosen by Cheshire Poet Laureate and National Poetry Day coordinator, Jo Bell, from 87 submissions.
Jo Bell said , "her work cleverly combined this year's National Poetry Day theme, Dreams, with Dylan's famous ballad style to create an inspiring and thoughtful work. It was encouraging to see so many children in both age categories submitting work of such high standard – some inspired directly by Bob Dylan's lyrics, others by their own dreams and aspirations for the future. A huge thank you to Sony BMG for providing the exciting prizes and helping to celebrate the 14th National Poetry Day."
The winning poem:
Sandman by Laura Perrett
Sandman possess me,
Lace your fingers in my hand,
Take me off to the Promised Land
To your photo-fitted pictures
Of the place I want to be.
Give me your amnesia sight,
And leave me guessing after night.
Those pathways leading nowhere,
Joining islands of memory.
Sandman, convince me
The dust left in my eyes,
You took it from the skies
When the stars weren't looking
They were snoozing happily.
Do you think they remember?
That pinnacle before they fell,
Into stories they'd never tell
Until the moon calls them to wake.
Sandman, possess me,
Raise me up and walk me far,
Show me those sleepy stars.
Slip and slide back down to earth.
Don't let go my hand.
Sandman you left me,
The sun swept you away,
Cleaning up the night's array.
So I watch the clocks and wait
For your return.
Laura commented, "I'm so excited as I love writing poetry and this is the first poetry competition I've won. The title was inspired by Neil Gaiman's Sandman series."
The poetry competition was part of the secondary schools' online resource for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, specially commissioned by Sony BMG Music Entertainment and National Poetry Day, to celebrate poetry through the lyrics of Bob Dylan's legendary songs. The resource marked the worldwide release of DYLAN, a three CD retrospective, during the week of National Poetry Day. A copy of DYLAN will be received by the school.
The lesson plans are available to download at: www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk