Another poem for EmpathyDay! I have permission to post another poem from our forthcoming collection of mental health poems for primary school age – Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Otter-Barry Books, by me, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha.
Congratulations to Sue Hardy-Dawson, who was shortlisted for the CLiPPA award this year with her excellent and much recommended book, Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry Books.
Here she is a few years ago performing her poem Terrible Lizards, by permission in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
Roger Stevens performing Dog Poem – Roger has a new book, The Waggiest Tails (Otter-Barry), written with Brian Moses, out now – actually, the poems are all written by dogs. There is even one by Lola, the dog in this video! Available here.
Independent publisher Otter-Barry Books will be publishing Poetry For a Change, the official children’s anthology for National Poetry Day on 4th October.
National Poetry Day encourages everyone to read, share and enjoy poems on one special day each year.
There are a number of National Poetry Day Ambassadors who do their very best to spread the joy on NPD and throughout the week of NPD – and indeed, throughout the year. Those ambassadors have each written a poem and chosen a poem on the theme of ‘change’ to go in the book, which is beautifully illustrated by Chie Hosaka.
See some of the beautiful poems and illustrations on the Otter-Barry link.
To My Daughters
Girls rejoice, I did not wish you other,
though there is so much blood from birth to birth,
and the moon’s monthly shadow, I love you.
Some say we have it easy here, some do.
At best it’s luck really. Then there’s the whole
in His own image thing. Give me a Her
sweet Mother Earth, Mother Nature, they scold
but at least they nurture. Brothers, fathers
you are still our blood sisters. Look to your
daughters, are they not both clever and so
beautiful? Do not squander such wise gifts
do not mock us, we cannot help our breasts
no more than you, your lack, remember this
even snakes have forgotten the apple.
© Sue Hardy-Dawson 2016
Sue’s lovely book, Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry, can be found here.