2017 Winning Poem
The winning entry to the Eugene Lee-Hamilton Prize in 2017 was 'Merlin's Tower' by Conor Wilcox-Mahon, St John's College, Oxford.
While I sat staring up into that cloud
Burst shimmering on the sky, pink and untame,
The oculus of my thin window’s frame
Bent time and light around me in a shroud.
Held transfixed by the lens, my mind was bowed
Towards that great executor of shame
Impressing cold what reason breaks to name
With gentle force, and revelations proud.
The metered arrogance that billows out
And absurd cleanness of that gradient sky
Make endless statements to my feebled will:
The magnifier lets no seeping doubt
Diffuse down from the heavens to an eye
That saw no universe, nor cannot see it still.
by Conor Wilcox-Mahon, St John's College, Oxford