Happy National Poetry Day!

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Happy National Poetry Day!

Poet Laureate

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Celebrate Poetry Today (and every day)!

The official Worcestershire NPD event this year, as I listed on the website is Voices of 1919 tickets are £8.00 and available from Malvern Theatres. 

Ten Cottages – Malvern Festival: Voices of 1919

front-cover-voices-of-1919As Worcestershire Poet Laureate I did not feel I could let this day pass without marking it in some way. Submissions opened for National Poetry Day poems on the theme of Freedom earlier this month. Huge gratitude for sending your poems this way. 

YOUR FREEDOM POEMS

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SABAH -EL KHEIR, SABAH EL-NOOR

A street in the oldest city,
spices, sellotape, shovel handles,
St Paul apparently, light streaming in;

a boy leans from a car,
English? he asks,
shakes my hand;

on an ancient terrace
a man serves tea
with razor-sharp humour;

a young lad recites in Aramaic,
– his tourist trick – but
two thousand years shrink;

a jeweller mentions Didsbury,
a church, Armenian restaurant,
I know them well;

a shopkeeper selling blankets,
prints and plates speaks
fluent Polish;

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