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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

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