Kate Williams wrote her first poems for her children – anything to get them to sleep at night! But they stayed awake and suggested she sent them off to a publisher. She followed their advice and has been writing poems ever since, with around 200 published to date in books and arts magazines for children in the UK, Australia and the US. Kate also provides poetry workshop days for primary schools. Here is her website.
If we let it
As true as the blue of a field cornflower,
As surely as the glory of a great, green wood,
As stark as the bark of a midnight fox,
As clear as the dear robin’s cheep-cheep-cheep,
As true as me and you, and all we ever knew,
our world will fall away if we let it.
© Kate Williams
Thank you for sending your lovely truth poem, Kate!
Tuesday’s poem for National Poetry week is from Joshua Seigal. Joshua is a London-based poet, a performer and educator. He has three published books and has performed all over the world. He has held residencies at numerous schools, and is an official National Poetry Day Ambassador. His website is here and his book, I don’t Like Poetry, illustrated by Chris Piascik, here.
Whenever I start crying
I say that I feel sick,
and no one knows I’m lying –
It always does the trick.
It’s what I tell my teachers,
my friends, my mum and dad –
I tell them that I feel sick
when really I feel sad.
© Joshua Seigal (from I Don’t Like Poetry, Bloomsbury 2016)
Thank you for this lovely poem, Joshua Seigal!
Today’s poem for National Poetry week is from the fabulous Laura Mucha! Laura has worked as a face painter, studied flying trapeze, philosophy and psychology, and swam in Antarctica before becoming a lawyer. Now she spends most of her time playing with words. Her poetry has been published in books, magazines and newspapers around the world, and she’s performed on BBC Radio, at festivals and in schools. In 2016, she won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize. You can read and listen to Laura’s poetry here.
I Did Not See What He Said He Saw
No witness stands, confirms his claim.
No doctor certifies he’s sane.
Optician – none, his eyesight – poor,
perhaps he might believe he saw
precisely what he says he saw…
But that’s just it – a mere belief:
the mind’s a trickster, joker, thief.
And so, as I have said before,
I did not see what he said he saw.
© Laura Mucha
Thank you for that great poem Laura!
Yes, National Poetry Day has been running for 25 years and this year there will be big, ongoing celebrations!
The National Poetry Day Ambassadors have received their National Poetry Day badges, and there’s no prizes for guessing which one I like best. I’ll give you a clue, it’s yellow and has a dog on.
National Poetry Day will be Thursday, October 3rd, and theme this year is Truth.
If you have any poetry events happening in relation to NPD, you can post them on the NPD website for free. You can also send them your truth poems!
You can also send me your truth poems, and they might be posted here!