I’ve entered writing competitions, taken courses too.
Perhaps I’ve left it late to be exploring pastures new.
I’ve never won, but twice came third
and sometimes made the shortlist.
Sent stories off to magazines but never had one published.
For every lucky prizewinner you’re always going to find
a crowd of wistful ‘also rans’ are straggling behind.
But not all readers share the judges’ taste. We can take heart
from prestigious awards in other creative fields – like Art.
Because I didn’t win, I don’t intend to take up knitting.
It doesn’t mean that I can’t write and I should think of quitting.
I’ll strive to dream up storylines and think creatively,
‘cos everybody can’t be best.
I’m in good company.