Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

A is for Emergency Children’s Poet Deborah Alma, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA


Deborah Alma

Deborah Alma is the Emergency Poet in her vintage ambulance which she takes to schools and libraries and festivals. She has edited three adult poetry books and written her own collection of poems too. She lives with her partner the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Powys, Wales with a cat called Little My and a sheepdog called Daisy. Her website is here.


Here is one of Deborah’s poems, written in response to the picture shown:



The Spirit of the House

from the painting by August Macke 1910


A smug cat, a cosy cat, a passing cat,

a blue striped jug, with the light catching


the glaze, its dazzle closes the eyes

of the cat -it is a jug of cream.


A scented geranium, red and jaunty

in a terracotta pot.


Three small oranges and a blue dish

to hold the finger rubs of friends around its rim


always, always when they come, they reach out

to stroke the leaves, to rub the dish,


to add to the stroked smug of the cat,

to peel an orange.


There they are my friends, their backs

to the wall as they bend and bow


to half heard music, from the times we danced

to the times we laughed.


A smug cat, a cosy cat, a passing cat.


© Deborah Alma

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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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