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Katriona Campbell, UK

2nd prize: Open Poetry
Poems on the Move & Poems on the Buses Exhibitions

The pattern round the hole in the windowpane
looks like a snowflake cut from cellophane.
Snow scar or scatter from a nine mil bore,
I stay back in case more fall.

The marks on your left rib
have faded to a net of pale red ink,
a finely needled claret hidden under your chest hair.
Even so, I can’t forget the flake that settled there.