VALIDATE ME competition winner!

VALIDATE ME by Charly Cox was published last month and to mark the occasion, we launched a poetry competition judged by Charly.

We are thrilled to announce that the winning poem is The Unknown by Alex Thornber. 

‘Alex with The Unknown is winner for me. So honest and evocative – I’m a sucker for rhyme and I love that the pace keeps you spiralling, reading more, like racing thoughts but in the end it leads you to hope.’ Charly Cox

The Unknown

It’s scary.

I am however, always scared.
Scared of daemons stalking my home
of who is calling my phone
of dying alone
All of it, so dauntingly unknown.

So I am scared.

Knowing the just out of reach
could well be a sandy beach but,
what if it’s not?
What if it’s a long fall, the silence that envelops all
at the end?

So I am scared.

I am more scared of the shadows in my head
than any lurking beneath my bed.
Because they are the ones with power.
The power to send me
cowering away from anything,
anywhere
everyone.

So, I am scared.

But the truth is, I’ve already had more time
than all my adolescent lies of being fine would ever have predicted.
And I have to admit,
I’ve become addicted to being alive.

So, if I could reach back through time and find
that suburban kid, swigging bourbon
too scared to live,
too scared of making a mistake
with too many paths to take,
and all of them
uncertain

I’d say to him I know you’re scared,
you are underprepared, but as the unknown comes known
slowly you’ll grow.
And when the foggy future becomes a crystal present,
you’ll be glad of the gift.

The gift from our past self,
specially delivered through the war zone of mental health,
the gift of never giving up.

So, yeah, we are scared,

but we have the power to live,
to stare directly into the unknown,
arms wide
head held high
as if it’s the adventure of a lifetime.

Because, it is.

And if you survived long enough to become me,
then I owe it to us
to see who this me could be.

 

VALIDATE ME by Charly Cox is out now!

Related book

Other Articles

A Q&A with B A Paris the million-copy selling author of The Dilemma

To celebrate the paperback release of the Sunday Times Bestseller The Dilemma, we invited B A Paris onto the blog to answer our burning questions. Stay tuned until the end to see an exciting competition we’re running for the book! Can you tell us a bit about The Dilemma (out in paperback… Read More

Fab Festive Five: Books to Get You in The Christmas Spirit

Today marks the official start of the 100 day countdown to Christmas. That’s right! 100 days ‘til Christmas! Here at HQ we’ve begun to dust off the Christmas décor, grab the wrapping paper, and start to write a list of books that will get us in the right mood… Read More

Seni Glaister on her inspiration for her new novel Growing Season

Seni Glaister, author of the poignant and uplifting novel Growing Season, is on the blog today talking about some of the topics that inspired her book.   “So, you must be thinking of starting a family soon?” Observing a confident young colleague bat the question away like an… Read More