It is sad. Like flower in winter it is white
it is blue. Like a cloudy
sky in my heart. It breaks when I see it.
It reminds me of Egypt, friends, hot
weather, prayer mats. He is so cute like
a red rose.
This poem was awarded First Place (Primary) for Poetry Object 2018
‘a picture of my brother’ is an understated and gorgeous piece of writing. This poem stood out for its unusual and unexpected similes—the picture is likened to a ‘flower in winter’ and ‘a cloudy / sky in my heart’—and wonderful use of enjambment, which gives the sense that the poem itself is a picture constantly unfolding before the reader.
Most compelling is the way in which the chosen object becomes a way to evoke, with remarkable economy and emotional
complexity, all that it stands in for: memories, a missing loved one, a missed home (‘Egypt, friends, hot / weather, prayer mats’); feelings of loss and distance and sorrow.
~ Bella Li, Judge, Poetry Object 2018
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