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Diss pupil has First World War poem commended by Carol Ann Duffy

PUBLISHED: 11:55 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 28 November 2018

Diss High School pupil Naomi Ely who was highly commended for her First World War poem Poppy Red Blood. Picture: Naomi Ely

Diss High School pupil Naomi Ely who was highly commended for her First World War poem Poppy Red Blood. Picture: Naomi Ely

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A Diss schoolgirl has seen her poem about the First World War highly commended in a competition whose judges included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy who judged a competition in which a Diss HIgh School pupil was highly commended for her First World War poem. Picture: PA Photo/PicadorPoet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy who judged a competition in which a Diss HIgh School pupil was highly commended for her First World War poem. Picture: PA Photo/Picador

With this year marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, students across the country were invited to write poems on the theme of Armistice for a competition run by the University of Lincoln.

The entries were read and judged by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker, a poet, artist and documentary film-maker who was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014.

Naomi Ely, a year 9 student from Diss High School, wrote a poem titled ‘Poppy Red Blood’ which was highly commended by the judges.

She was invited to a presentation ceremony at Lincoln University on November 15. The ceremony included readings from Duffy and the prize winning poets.

Naomi’s poem is now published in ‘Armistice 100’, an anthology of poems produced by students from across the UK.

Poppy Red Blood

By Naomi Ely

Will the blood ever clot

Or the dove ever fly?

Will the guns ever stop,

Will the bombs say goodbye?

Will brave men be forgotten

In the future to come

Or will every boy

Learn how to use a gun?

Will the poppy red blood

Ever stop running?

Our lives are uncertain

in the future that’s coming

and now I march out

with my brother beside,

it’s too late for us

no armistice has been signed.

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