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Times poetry champions

PUBLISHED: 18:07 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:26 25 August 2010

CHEQUE US OUT! Erith Riverside Shopping Centre manager  Barry Owen, Danson Primary deputy head Jackie Mackley, Synduja Jayatharan with her father, Louis Fox and his mother Sue, Burstead Primary year 2

CHEQUE US OUT! Erith Riverside Shopping Centre manager Barry Owen, Danson Primary deputy head Jackie Mackley, Synduja Jayatharan with her father, Louis Fox and his mother Sue, Burstead Primary year 2

WINNERS of a competition were handed cash for their school last Friday to celebrate World Poetry Day this month.

WINNERS of a competition were handed cash for their school last Friday to celebrate World Poetry Day this month.

The Bexley Times teamed up with Erith Riverside shopping centre to find the best of the borough's budding poets.

With more than 100 entries the competition was fierce, but after much deliberation judges at the Times and Erith Riverside chose two winners.

Louis Fox, seven, from Bursted Primary School won the five to eight category with his poem Fruit Monster.

In the older category, Synduja Jayatharan, 11, from Danson Primary School won with her poem Dream, Wish, Hope, Desire.

Both winners were handed £250 for their school and £50 spending money for themselves.

Bexley Times judge Kate Mead said: "The quality of entries was so high that it was quite difficult to select a winner from each category.

"But Louis' Fruit Monster brought a smile to our faces and Synduja's eloquent poem was wonderful setting them apart from the rest."

Barry Owen, manager of Erith Riverside Shopping Centre, added: "We obviously have plenty of hidden talent within the community and I am delighted to crown Louis and Synduja as the poetry champions."

The winning poems

The Fruit Monster by Louis Fox, aged seven, of Bursted Wood Primary School

Who's that coming

Walking down the street?

It's the fruit monster

With his massive apple feet

It's the fruit monster

With his tiny grape nose

And his huge orange body

And his miniature strawberry toes.

Dream, Wish, Hope, Desire by Synduja Jayatharan, aged 11, of Danson Primary School

I dream that poverty is unknown,

The reservoir of love has overflown,

The seeds of humanity are sown,

I dream that equality has shown,

I wish that respect would shine like stars,

The pool of loyalty stretched afar,

The strength of goodness, as toaugh as tar,

I wish this would reach beyond, to Mars,

I hope that wars would abruptly end,

The sea of contentment to rise and mend,

The thoughts of hatred, we expel and send,

I hope people we greet, we could befriend,

I desire that the world would unite,

The ocean of good will to flow with might,

The grains of peace, unable to fight,

I desire that we will all smile with light.

Dream. Wish. Hope. Desire.

Now I have to believe.

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