2015 Winning Poem
In 2015, the winner of the Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition was Oriel College undergraduate Dominic Hand.
On First Looking at Newman's Window
His axioms screened within the oriel’s frame
Reflects the truth in fourteen leaded lights:
A mother with her child barely alights
On books that blister open to proclaim
Enlightenment. Confined between the claim
Of garish kingship and the stagnant slights
Of commentary, the man beneath her sights
A love serene that does not breathe its name.
The stony space between them holds the dream:
‘How mind speaks not to mind unless it knows
How pure as naked heaven the inner beam
Disperses its own shade and heartened grows
Beyond reflection towards the guiding gleam
Of different crowns that her sole realm bestows.
by Dominic Hand