As this years Never Such Innocence poetry competition draws to a close, we wanted to share some of the wonderful words and beautiful pictures from all over the globe that were chosen as this year’s winners. One of the competition’s key themes this year was the ‘War in the Skies’ in-line with 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
School Years 5-6 / Ages 9-11
by David Potocnik Hahonina
School Years 7-9 / Ages 11-14
The Sopwith Camel
by Freiya Elton from the Malvern St. James Girls’ School
Innocence leads them to the door,
They eagerly anticipate it, striving for more.
Naivety drags them to the plane site,
They get into their sop and fly such a height.
Into a dogfight they go, malice everywhere,
Pilots twisting, turning and diving through the air.
The whirring and the purring,
The sparring the spurring.
The losing, the winning
The falling, the spinning.
Innocence lures them to another fight
Making them decide what’s wrong and what’s right.
Naivety leads them to their death,
The sop shuddering to an end, like their last breath.
School Years 10-11 / Ages 14-16
In memory of the war in the sky
by Bianca Gegea from Dobruja, Romania
Winners are being honoured at an award ceremony at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks this week and will be joined by the Band of the Scots Guards, the Royal Marines Drum Corps and the RAF Queens Colour Squadron. To see the other entries visit Never Such Innocence. A huge well done to everyone who took part from all over the globe and congratulations to the winners; I think you’ll agree that the entries are more than deserving.