Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller

dwelling on the road of goodbye.

Bittersweet tears fall as I think

of all the places I'll never see,

all the faces I'll never know,

all the joys I'll never share,

as I head for the unknown.

I have lived life as best I could,

met challenges head on,

drawing strength from an unseen source.

You cannot come with me on this journey

you can only stand and watch,

sometimes the more difficult task.

I know what I must do

and I will give myself a voice

drawn from the inward depths of my being.

 

For Ken

June 1, 2003

copyright Fran Watson

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Telegraph.co.uk

National Poetry Day: children must learn poetry by heart
Telegraph.co.uk
We all agree, surely – memorising poetry is a Good Thing, and children ought to do it. I say, “We all agree,” because it's so much easier to assume it's a Good Thing than to have to explain why. The reasons tend to be too dreamy and tribal and worthy.
6 poems from west Kent and East Sussex for National Poetry Daycourier.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.uk
Among the many events taking place on the day include a poetic takeover of Covent Garden Tube Station in London, where poems will be read out over the tanoy, a poetry film and live performances of new commissions to commemorate the First World War ...


BBC News

Dylan Thomas poem animated for National Poetry Day
BBC News
A poem by Dylan Thomas has been brought to life in a short animated film to mark National Poetry Day. Michael Sheen narrates The Hunchback in the Park for the movie by award-winning Aardman Animations for BBC Wales. Sheen said the film brought the ...
BBC Wales premieres Aardman Animations created short film of Dylan Thomas's ...The Drum

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The Guardian

Why poetry belongs to us all
The Guardian
Perhaps I should feel offended by this reaction to my novel, but actually, I completely understand. Poetry isn't the language of the masses. In schools it's often taught as an isolated unit, as though it's not part of regular literature, and in the ...


The Independent

National Poetry Day: The primary where poetry is in motion
The Independent
Today is National Poetry Day, and there is no better proof that the subject is alive and well in British schools than at Highfield school, a primary in the north London borough of Enfield.It has appointed its own poet in residence, Cheryl Moskowitz ...


The Guardian

Kei Miller wins Forward poetry prize
The Guardian
The Jamaican poet Kei Miller has won the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014 for his “standout” book based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a “Rasta-man” who queries his ...
Jamaican poet Kei Miller wins £10000 Forward PrizeTelegraph.co.uk
Poet's verse has chance to fit the billOxford Mail

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The Guardian

National Poetry Day 2014: a celebration in pottery, pizzas and popular memory
The Guardian
On the day itself, a star lineup, including the author Julia Donaldson and the poet and comedian John Hegley, will take part in the Poetry Society's National Poetry Day Live, taking over the Royal Festival Hall again for an afternoon of films and ...

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Political poetry in Russia: 1990s – 2000s
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Many poets who had become successful during Soviet times turned to nostalgic, even passionate, poems about the Russia they believed had died during Perestroika and Yeltsin's subsequent transition to democracy. Their protests ranged from the broad ...


Daily Nebraskan

Poetry at the Moon regular shares stories of trauma work
Daily Nebraskan
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In Modi's visit to MLK memorial, a touch of diplomatic poetry
Washington Post
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