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Take this Iona Mandal

The wrinkled eyed nurse,
tear-stained face
Handed you the baby,
with open arms 


“Take this,” she sighed
and smiled
Knowing well she had seen
the beginning, never the end.

Take this is the winning poem in the junior section of the  2018 Poetry on Loan poetry competition. Poets were asked to submit poems up to 20 lines in length on the theme Take this...

Iona says:

Named after a Scottish island in the Hebrides, my name also means a purple flower in Greek.  I was born in India and raised in England since two. For me, Birmingham is home and I am a proud Brummie. I have been writing since I was six and I particularly enjoy poetry. Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney are two of my favourite poets. I am presently in Year 8 of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham.  I also enjoy playing the clarinet and do indoor climbing with NICAS (The National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme). As a family, we love travelling. One of my memorable experiences has been spending a night in the Sahara Desert. I would like to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon someday but never give up on my writing. 

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24 January 2019
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