Winning Entry
The Summer of 2016
By Isobel Whitton, Year 8, Sawston Village College

“This poem does what the very best poetry can do, condensing personal emotion into images that have a timeless and universal quality.”

When you were here it felt like the summer of 2016
When we went camping near the sea
When we awoke to the sound of the sea crashing in
It felt like the summer of 2016
When I woke beside you and mum
When we strolled through the towns and bought ice cream
When we stayed up all night telling stories with torches
It felt like the summer of 2016
When you first taught me how to surf
When I first got crashed by the sea
When I went on a scary rollercoaster
It felt like the summer of 2016
I miss the feeling of you being here
Of you seeing me on my first day of ‘big school’
Or when we sat on the beach and watched the gulls go by
It felt like the summer of 2016
And now sometimes I think about you
And my heart just breaks again
And now tomorrow starts without you
Again and again and again
I know how much you loved me
And how you didn’t want to go
But I will never forget the feeling of 2016