Graffiti artist painting the word poetry for a poetry competition for Saint Valentines Liquorice Company

Poetry Competition

In our Liquorice poetry competition, everyone is a winner. For some of us, lockdown has brought the creative force in us to the fore. Launching a competition seemed an excellent way to engage with the creative edge in you. You amazed and delighted at the depth and variety of your response. Lockdown Liquorice Poems is ready for you.  

Kindness

We wanted to celebrate your passion for Liquorice with an extra burst of creativity and appreciation, so we handed it over to you. It seems to us there has been much kindness, sharing and thoughtfulness amongst us in the difficult times we’re living. Understanding & acting with compassion seems the best tonic for making ourselves feel better. We can all do random acts of kindness. And our nation has displayed this quality incredibly well.

We’re not the only ones who think love, kindness and Liquorice are worth thinking about, and we appreciate your input. Some of the entries have a liquorice content, and some of them were very personal and meaningful, some enlightening, some surprising and all of them inspiring. We are so grateful for you taking the time to share your work.

Poetry Competition Winners

Congratulations to Lois Taplin, Jan George, Michael Natt and Anonymous. Enjoy everyone.


L.I.Q.U.O.R.I.C.E

A poem by Lois Taplin

Little do you know how much I love you
I think you're one in a million.
Quick to put others first and me in front of a billion.
Understanding, patient and true
On a dark day, you make me feel like the sun is shining
Ready to give my cloud a silver lining.
In all the years I have known you.
Can I ask for anything more?
Everlasting love from me as it's you I adore!

What is my name?

A poem by Michael Natt

Hello and pleased to meet you, might we have met before?
I recognise your face, but I'm not exactly sure,
Some call me Glycyrrhiza, does it ring a bell?
No? Just take a moment, and don't forget to smell,
Sweet and aniseedy, with a hint of fennel,
Some would go so far, to call me transcendental,
Sniff deeply you're nearly there, maybe take a nibble,
Ah! I think you've got it, least that explains the dribble!

Secret Liquorice 🤫

A poem by Jan George

Hello and pleased to meet you, might we have met before?
I recognise your face, but I'm not exactly sure,
Some call me Glycyrrhiza, does it ring a bell?
No? Just take a moment, and don't forget to smell,
Sat bolt upright in the night, feeling poorly a bit uptight.
Queasy tum and feeling hot, rosy cheeks headache the lot
I started to feel very sick and made the bathroom double-quick
Such a shame. My seafood lunch! Even though I had a hunch.
I must just face it in the end; the scallop cannot be my friend 🤢
However, there is a treat I can't ignore; I have a special liquorice store.
Tucked up high in a place I know (I enter there when my guests go!)
Sour blackcurrant candy sticks, Sugar-free buttons and All Sorts mix
Italian twists and Caramel Dutch I love the taste of it so much.
Liquorice pipes they are such fun, I hide it all from everyone! 🤫
In this time of lockdown such a treat, my absolute favourite thing to eat.
The great thing too I have to boast they send it to you in the post!
Tums recovered am smiling for sure, thanks to my secret liquorice store. 😋
Stay safe St Valentines Liquorice Store its times like these we love you more. ❣️

All Consuming

A poem by Anonymous

Some people say I'm selfish
when I hog you to myself
but in my mind, it's only right can't leave you on the shelf
There are times I think your moreish
there are times when you get sticky
but every time I hold you near.
I love the twists and turns you are
I hear a voice inside my head
"he's good for you; he laughs a lot
He's better for you than chocolate."
your darkest desire, your tastiest wish
Grab a handful and eat him up
like Liquorice.

Photo by Trust “Tru” Katsande on Unsplash

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