Congratulations to the winners of our April 2020 competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt. (this will open in a new window)
Zoom yoga in glasses to see the screen. They fall off in dog, cat, puppy poses. I make it up like reading the bottom row on an eye-chart. I'm half-moon, half-frog, half Lord of the Fishes, sitting cow face, hero, until my favourite pose: Clark Kent without glasses, becoming Superman.
Iain MacRath/Iain Macrae
Bha Maighstir Dolan toilicht’ nach fhaiceadh duine e a' snàmh is a' gabhail na grèine. Glan-rùisgte. An dèidh greis, thill e gu chuid aodaich air a' mhachair. Cha robh air fhàgail ach càrn na cheò is paidhir speuclairean air a' mhullach. Bhiodh coiseachd gu math fada aige air ais dhan taigh-sgoile.
Translation by author
Mr Dolan was pleased that no-one could see him swimming and enjoying the sun. Naked. After a while, he returned to his clothes on the machair. All that remained was a smoking cairn with a pair of spectacles on top. He would have a long walk back to the school-house.
Young writers (12-18) winner
Emily Wilson, age 16
On glass lay your charted landscape.
Thin paths, twisting into winding whorls. Your glen. Weathered ridges following meandering riverbanks.
Legacy. Glass mounted. Edged in steel.
Though, you rub yourself away with hasty sleeves. Hooking upon your nose an empty frame.
Thinking, while gazing into a spotless world, 'Much better.'
Young writers (5-11) winner
Leon Brown, age 11
Do you know what glasses do
when they're not attached to you
do they Jump over hedges
ride some sledges
read a good book
maybe sometimes cook
do they sit and stare
jump over chairs
or when your asleep in your bed
do they dream of being on your head?