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1st Prize,  BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year, 2006;

published in BBC Wildlife Magazine, October 2006


Odysseus in London


Secured on the deck,

watched over by a crew

who cannot hear the

beep… ping,

beep… ping

of the siren’s voice,

but it’s too late: the sonar’s song

has gripped your cetacean heart,

led you through shipping lanes

down narrowing curves

that echo Eustachian tubes.


The call is fading now,

drowned by the constant

thump-thump of the engine,

those monitoring your heart

might just pick up its echoes

before they see that long flat line;

Ithaca still beyond the horizon.



Derek Adams


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poetry favourites:
 Littoral Press;
Ninth Arrondissement Press;
Chimera Magazine;
Essex Poetry Festival;
Southend Poetry Group;

and in the shop ...
collection -
"Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks",
Littoral Press

chapbooks -
"unconcerned but not indifferent - the life of Man Ray",
Ninth Arrondissement Press;

"Postcards to Olympus"
Poetry Monthly Press

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