Yesterday I was at a wedding from 10am until quite late so had no time to write a poem and completely cheated. Today I was pretty hungover and driving from Leicester to Cornwall so did the best I could under the circumstances! The prompt was to write a poem in response to someone else’s poem so I’ve written this pretty dire piece about the amount of poetry kids have to memorise and write about for GCSE English. It’s something I’m very interested in writing about so I’m hoping that by writing these few clunky lines I can come back to it after NaPoWriMo’s finished and work it in to something.
Haiku written at 10.05am when the wedding starts in less than an hour and I’ve lost a shoe
I’m going to Jess
and Bob’s wedding. Have no time
to write a poem.
Dear Charge Of The Light Brigade c/o Michael Gove
Abdul doesn’t know what the Crimean War was
he asks me if it was something to do with a crime
he finally has enough English to ask me this
and to talk to the other boys on his street
but not enough to learn and recite and analyse this poem
or to know to compare and contrast it with Bayonet Charge
or to be able to do the same with fourteen others
written by old white British men
about British wars
that seem like so long ago
he’s unsure if they were real.