Posted in National Poetry Day 2021

National Poetry Day: Choose to be You

Sometimes we don’t have a choice – we have to get up and go to school or work to learn or earn money, we have to eat each day to stay healthy, and we need to clean our teeth every day to keep our smiles in working order.

And sometimes it feels as if we don’t have any choice – perhaps we feel we need to say we like something we don’t because most people do like that thing, or we must behave in a certain way because we will be thought uncool if we don’t.

This poem is about choosing to be you – are there things about yourself that you feel others might not approve of? Do you care? Do you worry about it? How does that make you feel?

Here’s the poem in words instead of the shape of the nightingale:

The Nightingale

Liz

hidden in the heart

of darkling leaves

he sings

notes flow

in rivers

and rapids

and falls

he doesn’t care

for being

the same

as all the

other birds

with their

repeating calls

he sings to the sky

at night

sings alone

the loveliest

song of them all

Liz Brownlee

Author:

Poet, blogger 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. I give Zoom lessons on writing poetry for children. http://www.poetryroundabout.com http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com @Lizpoet

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