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The topic for this week’s contest was retirement.
Many of the entries were melancholic, but our winning poem was chosen for its empathy.
the old racehorse gallops
when he wants
– by Andrew Shimield
Our guest judge Graham High, author and president of the British Haiku Society, notes: “The stark opening word ‘bridleless’, conjures up a person thrown on their own resources to fill the time.”
The first runner up is:
he misses the train
and his old colleagues
– by Frances Trosborg
The next topic is the promotion. The deadline and full details of how to enter can be found online at www.ft.com/haiku