Posted in Freedom Poem, National Poetry Day 2017

Freedom Poem for National Poetry Day by Jonathan Humble



Suppose I wasn’t here today

Behind a desk at school,

and say


Instead of maths and grammar stuff,

Of which we do more than enough,

I left this place and caught a train,


Flew in hot air balloon or plane

Across the sea to Timbuktu

To meet the Tuareg with whom


I’d wear deep blue alasho and

We’d ride out on Saharan sand

On camels out towards the east,


To live in tents and later feast

On goats’ milk tea and baked taghella,

With cheese and dates bought from a seller


Of gorgeous African cuisine,

Then watch the sun set on a scene

Of such delight and beauty rare,

It stands alone without compare


And beats hard sums and parsing flat

So much, in fact, I dare say that

If I were asked to swap my place


Behind a desk at school and face

An option far from tests and strife,

I’d choose the free nomadic life…


© Jonathan Humble


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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