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Polina Diakov
I suppose you don't remember Polina Diakov

I suppose you don't remember,
The diamonds and the pearls,
The handsome buttoned up waistcoats,
And the elegant dresses worn by the girls

The long, elaborate tables,
The exquisite food made by the cook.
But I suppose you don't remember,
To you it's just a history book.

I suppose you don't remember, by Polina Diakov, was the winning entry in the junior section of our 2016 competition, on the theme Now and then.

A poem in an instant
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