What is poetry town?

Poetry Town began in 2015 with a weekly poem displayed in the window of Kirkdale Bookshop. Following overwhelmingly positive responses from customers we have decided to partner with Sydenham Arts to build on the idea and fill Sydenham with poetry­ not just by famous poets but by local people, both young and old.
I Have a Rendezvous with Life by By Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946)
13th February 2020

I have a rendezvous with Life

In days I hope will come

Ere youth has sped and strength of mind,

Ere voices sweet grown dumb;

I have a rendezvous with Life

When Spring’s first heralds hum.

It maybe I shall greet her soon,

Shall riot at her behest;

It may be I shall seek in vain

The peace of her downy breast;

Yet I would keep this rendezvous,

And deem all hardships sweet,

If at the end of the long white way,

There Life and I shall meet.

Sure some will cry it better far

To crown their days in sleep,

Than face the wind, the road, and rain,

To heed the falling deep;

Though wet, nor blow, nor space I fear,

Yet fear I deeply, too,

Lest Death shall greet and claim me ere

I keep Life’s rendezvous.