Hungerford Writing Competition 2014: Second Place (12 – 15 yrs) Hannah Glover

SECOND PLACE (12 – 15 yrs) : Hannah Glover, 12 yrs old (Yr 8, John O’Gaunt School)

The Mist Was Rising. I Was Lost

The mist was rising. I was lost.

The forest was cold, but there was no frost,

The trees all around me looked exactly the same,

With their twisted, dead branches all creaking my name.


And I could feel hidden eyes just watching my back,

I found a stream to my left, but no sign of a track,

I shouted for help, but I was alone,

And I hadn’t thought to bring my phone.


I made a decision and walked straight ahead,

But the trees didn’t end- they got thicker instead!

My clothes catching on thorns, and my fears rising higher,

I backed away from some brambles, beginning to tire…


My wrinkled hands grasped a branch, and I walked on with a groan,

I found some soft bracken to use as a bed,

And lay down for a short nap to clear my head.

I awoke in a white world- was it winter already?


No! It was spring time- I saw flowers and berries!

Spring turned into summer as I rose to my feet,

My old joints protesting as the sun turned to sleet,

Forever searching for the path to take me home.


Sign up to the free weekly

Penny Post


For: local positive news, events, jobs, recipes, special offers, recommendations & more.

Covering: Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford, Marlborough, Wantage, Lambourn, Compton, Swindon & Theale