Huzzah! It’s National Poetry Day, the day to lyrically lilt along tersely versing and timing your rhymes. Tis the day to recite some Green Eggs and Ham, Sam-I-am. Or else misquoth some Shakespeare, dance some Dickinson around the office, and make the bus the Ning Nang Nong, where the cows go bong and the monkeys all say boo.
As you are rapping about your breakfast, instead of Instagramming it, here are some poems you will never have seen before. These are the winners of Nailed’s Poetry Competition.
The topic for National Poetry Day this year is “change”.
Congratulations to all our winners.
In the vastly superior category of Children, the winner is…..Freddie Heard . Freddie is 8.
Poor Little Mouse
Poor little mouse.
The Adult winners are Vivienne G Tillin, and Richard Pinkett.
A New Normal! by Vivienne G Tillin
It came in a flash, unexpected.
Happenstance not self-led!
To begin with pain, numbness, a blank mind;
Concern from others and a flurry of activity followed, an interest, questions;
Empathy, sympathy, explanations (or not);
Reliance on others, then gradual quietening – grief for what was, not is;
Slow recovery, the faithful few remain.
Learning to adapt, to decide what is not necessary, to say ‘it’s good enough’;
Trying to stop the mind from going back, to prevent the change from happening!
Now, a new normal!