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!

 

Hatchling

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

Intermittently,

Rests,

Strikes

Again:

This birth

Is her own.

Sound

Breaks from shadows,

Light splinters…

And the world

Emerges.

 

 

© J H Rice

 

 

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Author:

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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