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    [post_content] => held between forefinger and thumb: the stem
like a green vein, and balanced above—time
as an exploded diagram.

see the hours stellated, the minutes
anatomised as spokes of a wheel
that does not turn, struts to hold up
this whispered globe of wishes.

between fingernails you pluck one from its earth
the way you'd dissect a wristwatch, disassembling
chronology to examine like a gear beneath the light.

it's 3:53 PM. time

flutters and pulses atop its vein and you
stop holding your breath and watch the seconds
carried off like a flood of stars, to lodge

in minds or throats or cracked pavements
like promises unspoken.
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Judge Jen Hadfield said: "You've constructed this poem with a horologist's delicacy and precision. You've felt your way to a flexible form and music for your poem intuitively. Each stanza is structured differently, with never a redundant or heavily-placed word, and each true to the stretchy nature of time. We all know how a minute can pass in a blink, or seem to drag on for hours. But you also stop time, and make your reader hold their breath, before you dismantle the fragile dandelion clock with a puff of your own. I love that your consideration of time, and the present tense demands that your reader cherish every second."
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            [title] => Ella Standage
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            [content] => Ella is a top 15 winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 and the first-prize winner of the Bletchley Park challenge on Young Poets Network, as well as the W. S. Graham challenge as part of Graham’s centenary celebrations. Ella is the second-prize winner in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK. Ella is also a runner-up in the Namedropping challenge and commended in the Ways to be Wilder poetry Challenge with People Need Nature and Jen Hadfield. Ella is a second prize winner in the Riddle Me This challenge and highly commended in the I Am the Universe challenge, as well as commended in the Young Poets Network Wish List challenge, a winner in the Winter Poems challenge and in the 2016 August Challenge #2. 
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dandelion clock

Ella Standage

held between forefinger and thumb: the stem
like a green vein, and balanced above—time
as an exploded diagram.

see the hours stellated, the minutes
anatomised as spokes of a wheel
that does not turn, struts to hold up
this whispered globe of wishes.

between fingernails you pluck one from its earth
the way you’d dissect a wristwatch, disassembling
chronology to examine like a gear beneath the light.

it’s 3:53 PM. time

flutters and pulses atop its vein and you
stop holding your breath and watch the seconds
carried off like a flood of stars, to lodge

in minds or throats or cracked pavements
like promises unspoken.