Entering the Helen Lansdowne Resor – By @katiebcreates

Amy Cranston | July 31, 2019

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By Katie Burrell

 

 

Entering the Helen Lansdowne Resor

 

 

Scholarship Competition

 

‘In 500 words or less, please tell us how the HLR scholarship will

help in your pursuit of a creative position in advertising.’

Ok, I thought. Let’s attempt to do this a little differently and maybe

it’ll work. I decided to write my 500 words or less in poetry form. Ha!

The last time I wrote a poem was in my Year 8 English class. I

guess there’s no harm in having a go…so…

I began to write.

This just might work.

The words came easily,

No distractions,

Head down,

The ink was flowing free.

But my husband kept spying on me

Trying to sneak a peek of what I had so far,

This is bizarre

It’s Helen Lansdowne Resor!

The pressure.

Wondering how I’ll measure up,

I know it’ll be tough

With all the amazing talent out there.

I have to dare to share something really different.

I’ve got the time,

I’ll make this rhyme

And then, it’s finished.

I cave and let my other half read it.

He digests it, dissects it and says “It’s mostly very good.”

That’s a compliment coming from him.

If you want to read the first poem I’ve written

Since being a thirteen year old student see below

I know

I have a long way to go,

But it’s a start.

 

‘In 500 words or less, please tell us how the HLR scholarship will

help in your pursuit of a creative position in advertising.’

Back to school in September.

The thrill of choosing a shiny new pencil case

I remember

The anticipation,

That buzzing ball of energy sparking inside

When at other times, shrouded with nerves, I’d want to cower and

hide.

Back to school in September.

Back to school and I’m thirty-one.

Back to school and if I knew I’d won

It would make me feel like a child again,

Like I can make anything happen, how I felt back then.

The world at my feet, a weight off my mind,

That feeling you have when you’re five and you strive

For what you want.

Adulthood can dampen that spark.

Responsibility, a sense of fragility, the need for stability

Taking over.

Money worries grinding you down and stressing you out.

Winning this scholarship would make my heart sing

With a feeling of liberation,

A celebration,

As I realise my creative dreams in advertising.

Freedom from being a grown-up,

To learn and to be,

To exercise my mind,

To see what I can achieve so I can believe in me again.

Like I did way back when.