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.
23rd May 2018
Your life is a baby not yet born,
a forest sleeping under deep snow.
In Plato’s world, a blank white book
awaiting the birth of someone who’ll write it.
Your life is the Tyrrhenian Sea in February,
stormless, inert, where the depths
teem with spawn whose fate
depends on the dark guardianship of the sands.
But every sunset ruffles through the heavens’
unseen calendar, and already the weight appears
—my eyes see far beyond
the day’s curtains—the mysterious
astral weight that tilts the scales
toward summer’s celebrations, toward San Giovanni,
when every tendril trembles, listening for
the nearing incandescent plow-beam
that comes to crackle the raving wave
and vibrate the earth’s waters