Posted in National Poetry Day 2017

National Poetry Day Poem from John H Rice

In the run up to National Poetry Day I am featuring poems by children’s poets on this years NPD theme – Freedom!

This one is from John H Rice, a former primary school headteacher who writes educational materials for children – and poems!



Once, this was

All: a perfect cell

Of protection.

Now, hazed light

Calls through muted

Translucence and she

Twists upon herself

To escape her

Fragile confinement.

She strikes the shell





This birth

Is her own.


Breaks from shadows,

Light splinters…

And the world




© J H Rice




Poet and owner of Lola the alert dog. Author of Animal Magic, poems and scientific facts about wildlife. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events.

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