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Camille Brouard, Guernsey

1st prize: Channel Islands’ Poetry
Poems on the Move & Poems on the Buses Exhibitions

She’s not out
of the woods yet

She’s not out of the woods yet
and there’s no map for this
and the compass is spinning
and she’s feverish and forgetful
and can’t find her way.

Reluctant adventurer,
my grandmother sets out,
empty basket in frail hand,
red cardigan tattered and frayed,
walking into a fairytale.

My grandfather calls sometimes
through a rusty tin can phone
discarded by kids in capes
on the needle-lined forest floor;

It’s rare to hear just his voice, alone.