Sharon Philips

Sharon started learning how to write poems a few years ago, after she had retired from her career in education. Her poems have been published online and in print, and have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2017) and the WoLF Poetry Competition (2019). Sharon won the Borderlines Poetry Competition in 2017 and was among the winners of the Poetry Society Members’ Competition in November 2018. She lives on the Isle of Portland, In Dorset.


Candles are burning on the table.
The gas fire purrs; the gate bangs
in a gust of wind. The room is full
of his switchblade words.

Wax has spilled on the table top;
heating pipes tick as they cool.
It’s safest if she’s still and quiet:
her hands stay clasped in her lap.

Once she read that candle flames
contain minute pieces of diamond.
She wonders if it’s true. A dead leaf
sticks to a window-pane, its bronze
as bright as the pear on her plate.
Perhaps he will stop soon.

© 2019 Sharon Philips