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National Poetry Day Truth Poem by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson (besides being a lovely, lovely person and my dear friend), is a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator, and is widely published in children’s poetry anthologies. She enjoys visiting schools and has provided workshops for the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts. Being dyslexic she takes a special interest in encouraging reluctant readers and writers. Her first solo collection, of illustrated poems, Where Zebras Go (Otter-Barry Books) was long-listed for the North Somerset Teachers’ 2017 Book Award and shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018. Sue has a new collection of shape poems, Apes to Zebras (Bloomsbury) with Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee, and her second solo collection If I Were Other than Myself (Troika) is due out soon!

The Listening

 

Somewhere inside rock, tree and root

Earth knows the truth about everything

her own truth

of scents, still sounds

where mole and eagle go

one brushing darkness, the other a sky mouth

 

her words are water and wind,

creeping frosts, a cool dawn trickling

over mountains

she may shout storms

out at sea breaking coasts

or simmer with sulking fogs choking lanes

 

but her bones are molten

and her flesh loam, just as her words

are glass runes

on rainbows. She

speaks her truths to the sun

and moon: if you put your ear against soil and stone

 

you can listen to her     warm   heart       beating

hear the sound of our   Earth   Mother   weeping

 

© Sue Hardy-Dawson

 

Thanks, Sue, for this wonderful poem.

 

Author:

Poet and owner of Lola the alert dog. Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars, Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events. http://www.poetryroundabout.com http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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