It’s the first National Poetry Day I’m really aware of. Poetry is something I’ve never taken much notice of until recently, when I started writing it over the summer. Since that I’ve been making a concerted effort to actually read some poetry, which I’m enjoying a lot more than I ever expected.
The theme of NPD this year is ‘water, water everywhere’. Luckily I seem to write about water (and, particularly, the ocean) an awful lot, so I’ve got just the thing to share! This piece was part of the set I performed last week at Stirred Poetry.
I realise I never posted about how that went. It went well! I suppose I don’t have much more to say than that. It was a lovely night, I met some interesting new people and had some fantastic, supportive feedback on my work. I’ve been asked to read again for their next event, which is celebrating Stirred Poetry’s third birthday on Monday October 14th. I will definitely post more about that next week.
For now, I hope you enjoy this poem. It’s fairly light-hearted, but it was fun to write and read!
The Future of the Ocean
Run me a bath right into the ocean
with bubbles as high as mountains.
Dolphins and Orcas will skim
between my toes; shoals
of tuna nibble at the dry skin.
I’ll wrap myself in a kelp forest:
loose strands, detached
from their ocean floor anchors.
The reef will score my skin, excoriate
until I’m soft as a sandbank.
The waves will beat
against my shoulders, which loom
from the water like the Gibraltar Rock,
massaging my tired muscles.
I’ll stretch out:
lie back in the Doldrums,
in the calm,
The delicious Becca Audra Smith and I did some writing on Monday, and she has shared some of her writing on her blog today.