CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX O’NEILL FOR WINNING OUR 2018 POETRY CONTEST

Alex’s poem, A Merchant’s Millpond, will be published in Eno Magazine’s 7th edition due out April 2018. You can read the winning poem below.

The Merchant’s Millpond
By: Alex O’Neill

We drifted too,
that Blackwater pavement
with speckled copper hues.
For some, the Avenue a dismal maze.
For us, a spot of muse.

A silent stop
on fluted shags—
we rest on scaly knees.
The gleying Millpond’s signature
a pulse sensed on the trees.

Needles, plates
around us moved
peat plumes strike our nose.
Those bearded strangers looked at us
on duckweed paths we froze.

Were we lost
or had we found
a secret in the swamp?
Something sacred in the land
a place we shouldn’t tromp?

That heavy air
was charged with life
though time there did stand still.
Friction felt beneath our boat—
the current brought a chill.