Yippee! My friend Kay Cairns has just won the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA Inc) Tom Collins Poetry Prize for 2004 with her poem called Exit Wounds - a little favourite of mine ... She has graciously let me display it here:
I found a used condom in your room today
among the cd cases, the schoolwork,
the socks, the jocks
that should have been in the laundry.
Soft in its rubbery limpidness
it made a statement so stark
it cut through sinewed cords
freeing you from me
'Do you want to do something with that?'
I smiled, off-hand, matter-of-fact,
while already I mourned
to childhood play
your tiny hand in mine.