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




Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

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