Something was gnawing away at me
something long-forgotten now returned,
demanding my attention as it
dug its way out of the dark hiding place
I thought it would never escape from.
So it was free at last,
free to demand answers from me,
free to demand the truth.
I had no idea where to begin to look so
I stared at the television news until I nearly went blind
flicked through the daily papers until my fingers were stained black
and trawled social media until my phone and will to live nearly died.
But none of these contained the truth and probably never did.
So I re-read the incomplete chapters of the book I had tried hard to write,
examined the scruffy lines of poetry I had set aside
then looked hard at myself in the mirror.
I asked my reflection. “Where is the truth?”
My reflection stared back at me
then said. “You do realise you know where the truth is.
It’s still exactly where you buried it,
I know I helped dig the hole
and we both knew this day would come,
when you would ask me where the truth was.
But don’t you remember,
you made me swear on my life,
that I should never tell you.”
I met a homeless man while I walked home through town last week,
I listened while he told me of his daily struggle to survive on the street.
I heard how he lost his job, his house, his family and his dignity,
Now he’s just one more lost soul in this soulless city.
He said he didn’t know any easy fix or change this country could try,
And as I parted company with him I realised that neither did I.
It’s National Poetry Day tomorrow and if you’re a poet or interested in taking part it’s very easy to join in.
Each National Poetry Day has a theme and this years is change. So why not share a poem you’ve written on the theme or write a brand new one, even if you don’t fancy putting pen to paper you can still share a poem on change from your favourite poet.
Where can you do the sharing? Well if you have a blog you could use that, National Poetry Day are on Twitter and Facebook, so if you share there be sure to tag them in and use the hashtag #nationalpoetryday.
If you want to know more why not check out the National Poetry Day website here, its packed full of resources and ideas.
On September 28th National Poetry Day is taking place and if you’re a poet you’re certainly want to know how to get involved.
Taking part is as simple or complicated as you want it to be. The theme for this years day is Freedom, simply share a poem with this theme on September 28th and you have done your part. If you want to go one step further here’s some ideas, you could organise a poetry reading of as many people as you want, leave your poems on a bus for all to enjoy or share your love of words with your work colleagues. The choice is yours.
The National Poetry Day website has a ton of free resources and information you might find useful, just click here to see them.
I’ll be celebrating with a poem and I’m also hosting a National Poetry Day Open mic on September 30th at my local bookshop Southcart Books, full details here.
Whatever you do I hope you enjoy the day, here’s some links to my previous National Poetry Day poems.
My 2015 poem on the theme of light.
My 2016 poem on the theme of messages.
It’s National Poetry Day today and here is my contribution using the theme of light.
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