In reply to UKC News: Oh wow! That's really made my day, I've never won anything in my life before
Thankyou Frank Bennet and Paul Cornthwaite and thankyou UKC peeps!
Ta for all the nice comments re my story, and mostly thankyou Andy for being the best b/f and climbing partner ever <aw shucks,lol!>
In reply to UKC News: well done to the winners - great poem and short stories.
I especially like the poem, although the imagery is great in all three.
In the stanza
Far now from the end, the
Cup of tea and sigh
Of quiet satisfaction and group evaluation.
My sack is heavy on my back,
And shirt soaked through with sweat.
I shall parade my bruises,
Later back at home.
the word souvenirs, to my mind is aching to be "medals", with the military image of "parade" in the previous line. In fact the whole stanza is reminiscent of war poetry. But the word "souvenir" rips it out of that world and quite rightly puts it back as a peacetime pastime.
Really enjoyed reading all three, so thanks again.
In reply to UKC News:
It was fascinating to read the various entries as they were written by 'normal' climbers and described everyday experiences and emotions which I could relate to. This made the stories somehow more real than the more standard accounts of extreme achievements by the pros. That's not to say that it isn't interesting to find out what the pros have been up to, but there's a lot of potential for more contributions from the collective experience of UKC users. Look forward to the next competition - perhaps I would be able to write something for that one as well and perhaps someone will enjoy reading it.
Thanks to everyone for your comments and congratulations SonyaD - I thought your entry was great and loved the photo. I'm the same as you - I rarely win anything so it made my day when I found out I was a runner up!
Ah, thankyou James. I've never been quoted before!! A "peacetime pastime" - now that's a nice title, actually...
Thanks everyone for the comments, and congratulations to SonyaD and Colin, the image for "Dilated Moments of Struggle" is particularly striking. And SonyaD, you do indeed have everything a girl could want, I need to find my own gnarly man to go with the chocolate and the mountains I think!