Congratulations to British Council Poetry Competition winner Elisa

10th July, 2023

Congratulations to Elisa Grosse, who won first prize in the English entry section of the British Council Poetry Competition 2023, centred around the theme of ‘future’. Students from all over Germany participated in this year’s competition which was judged by former Young Poet Laureate for London, Selina Nwulu. Students were asked to respond to Nwulu’s poem „We have everything we need.“

Elisa and the other winning poets performed their poems at the Haus der Poesie, where they later took part in a poetry workshop.

The winning poems and their translations have been published on the British Council and Haus für Poesie websites.

Read Elisa’s poem below:

What have we become?    

Robots slipping into our characters.
Smart Watches determining the time, that is never enough. 

What have we become?

Kids knowing the console better than coloured bricks.
Holding phones more than their stuffed animals.
Technology eating their time with dolls sitting untouched in the cupboard. 

What have we become? 


Knowing how to type words into a phone, but not how to talk face to face. 

Knowing every Hollywood movie, but not one book.  

What have we become?

Wanting the perfect life, perfect body,  

perfect clothes, perfect image.
But it’s never enough. 

What have we become?

Knowing how to fake a smile, but not how to cry.
With everything, everyone, in their own blurred, romanticised bubble.

Ignoring ice melting, 

industry eating away nature,
species dying, 

innocent kids starving, 

With the thick layer of fuel and dirt dulling our minds, 

and numbing our awareness. 

What have we become? 



I wonder if our kids will know the sound of a robin chirping melodically, 

know the feeling of warm summer grass tickling their skin, 

Know the sound of waves splashing against the shore. 


I wonder what we will have become by then. 

Will technology be to advanced, for us to remain in control? 

Will technology have the upper hand? 

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