The winners of the Greg Judkins prize for reflective poetry were announced, and their poems read out at GP22: the Conference for General Practice. The theme this year was “getting through tough times” and the winners were Dr Gary Mitchell (long poem) and Dr Jen Abernethy (haiku). The winning poets will each receive a book by Greg Judkins, $100 cash and a $50 voucher.
Thank you to all of the entrants and congratulations to the winnners. This year for the first time we opened up the competition to Fellows and registrars. This was well received by the membership with a record 48 entries in total. Thank you also to our judges. General practitioner and poet Dr Greg Judkins, GP and author Dr Himali McInnes, and Dunedin poet Ruth Arnison.
Sailing through tough times , By Jen Abernethy
My room is Waka
I’m humbled you
Sail with me Peers are our Oars
Suicide , by Gary Mitchell
waving a brave white flag
red marks on your neck
my family a grieving melt
one so young
one so beautiful
when the news came
between relentless important patients
a lone tear splashed on the “E” key
the other eye dry
that clinical eye
i trained it on my next patient
having a tough time
a young soul scuffed and worn
in need of so much from me, my charred work self
how could you leave us?
how anything ever mean anything again?
i felt a touch on my hand
my patient leaning forward