Last week EuroStemCell announced the winners of their creative non-fiction science writing competition. If you’re wondering what creative non fiction writing is it’s factually accurate non-fiction writing that’s creative in its approach to communicating science. I wrote a bit more about it here.
I was judging the poetry category so I want to say a big congratulations to the winner, GP Eliot North. Here’s her beautiful winning poem:
He Blew Me a Kiss
She liked Frank, they connected
despite his expressionless face. Behind the wound-up limbs and tremor
a gentle man shone out from the mask.
When she visited they would share a cuppa.
Chat about this and that. Do the ‘medication shuffle’;
a two-step dance they both knew well.
She’d heard about stem cell research.
How they’d taken swabs from patients’ skin. Growing stem cells
from skin cells in dishes, right there in the lab up the road.
These stem cells would then become brain cells.
Models of Parkinson’s just like Frank’s. For testing newer and better
medications and perhaps one day even a cure.
The last time she saw Frank it was snowing
but he insisted on accompanying her out. Standing by the gate like a sentinel
he’d wave her off that one last time.
Later she’d think of stem cells like kisses
blown on the winter air. A hand lifted slowly towards a frozen face.
The moment captured in her rear-view mirror.
by Eliot North
You can find the winners of the imaginative science writing and graphic non-fiction categories on the EuroStemCell website here.