Max Lancaster's poem, 'By The Sea: A War's Tale' won the Year 7 Leonardo Prize, 2013
The stars shone on the water
As I thudded up the beach
In green and black,
A solitary spirit.
The peaceful silence was broken,
Often by the sound of cannons,
The tranquil waters, once azure,
Were now tainted with a crimson haze.
The blades of the cold
Stabbed the unfortunate
As they drowned,
A gloomy end.
Sunlight danced along the rippling waves,
Like diamond eagles on a sunny day,
But battleships in navy blue
Blotted out the sun as they came in droves.
A bloodshot trail followed me,
Like parasites on their host,
The swarm of landing craft overwhelmed me,
A completely heart-stopping sight.
They showed no mercy, just brutality,
Slaughtering us by hand and gun.
I am now frozen in time on this decimated battlefieldAs I lie dead on the sand.