Saturday, 11 January 2014

Poetry Bonanza! (no cowboys)

For the last few months I've been helping out a teenagers writing group at Ludlow Library called Write to the Point. Today we were joined by Mia, Shropshire's first young poet laureate.

Mia took the group through a workshop (grab an object, mind map some ideas, do some rhyme-y stuff, write the poem) before reading some of her work out. The group found it interesting and enjoyable (I can tell because they all went quiet) and it resulted in some really interesting and funny poems. Here's my first effort, the idea came from a plastic flower thing that looked a little like a snowflake:

How can a snowflake,
Keep me awake?
One splinter of ice,
Falling on its own,
melts unseen,
unknown, never been.
But one million snowflakes,
can silence the land,
And wake me from my sleep.

I think you'll agree that that's quite profound...for my next poem I was a bit poemed out (it's been 20 years since I've written one!):

Everyday it's a new year,
A chance to start a fresh,
Why dwell on one night of beer,
Rather than...ner...ner...ner...ner

Anyway, it was great to meet someone so enthusiastic and interesting. Her poetry carries a message with it and clearly means a lot to her. I'm looking forward to seeing her perform at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in April.



P.S. Next blog I might show you a picture of my new desk. It is all kinds of awesome!