Winning Poem - School Years 11-13

26-Nov-2019


Autumn Poetry Competition 2019

Winning Poem for School Years 11-13

Vanda Adrienn Szilagyi for 'Mi Recuerdo Mas Amado'


Perderte, mi amor

Deja mi vida sin sentido
Nuestros momentos perfectos
Ahora recuerdos adorados

Lo que te hicieron en nombre de Dios
Me hizo perder la fe por completo
Aunque mi pecado mas perfecto

Fue tenerte a mi lade

Todo ernpezo contigo

Mi amigo, mi cornpafiero
Nuestras miradas secretas
Sonrisas lIenas de dulzura

Nuestro amor oculto correspondido
Los Encuentros secretos a medianoche
Un futuro juntos imposible

Este ardor que tuve por ti

Fuimos dos hombres enamorados
Dispuestos a perderlo todo
Simplemente por tener

Un momento mas, juntos

Juego de vida 0 muerte

Un amor puro pero antinatural
Una Sociedad de normas estrictas
Monstruos con sus armas

Sangre de tus heridas
Odio de su ignorancia
Mi amor, mi vida

Mi recuerdo mas amado


Judge Charlie Durante's Comments:

"This is a very brave poem dealing with ‘the love that dare not speak its name; (Oscar Wilde): same-sex love.  The persona looks back to a perfect past now over- those ‘momentos perfectos’ now only ‘recuerdos adorados’.  Their love had a clandestine, even furtive, beginning: ‘nuestras miradas secretas’; ‘nuestro amor oculto’; ‘encuentros secretos a medianoche’.  They realized they risked their reputation, the support of their family, their friends: ‘dispuesto a perderlo todo’ if they confessed their love openly.  Social mores still condemned homosexual love, seeing it as ‘antinatural’.  However, their love led them to play a dangerous game: ‘juego de vida o muerte’.  We are not told how their love burgeoned, but are given hints that great suffering was involved: ‘sangre de tus heridas.  There is also an enigmatic allusion to religion, until recently the scourge of gay love, ‘lo que te hicieron en nombre de Dios’ which led to a loss of faith.  We are kept in the dark as to the nature of this action, but it must have been something heinous and brutal.  The writer should be congratulated on composing such a moving piece on what was until some years ago a taboo subject."