Happy World Poetry Day

Happy World Poetry Day

Hannah here! I’ve chosen a poem by a poet from our own corner of the World to share with you all today – ‘Ship’ by the legendary Carol Ann Duffy.

Carol Ann Duffy was the first Scot, the first female and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position of Britain’s Poet Laureate in its 400 year history.

In an interview Carol did for the Poetry Society website reflecting on winning the National Poetry Competition in 1983, which effectively launched her career, she recalled, “In those days, one was still called a “poetess” – so it meant a lot, as a young woman poet, to begin to try to change that. And, oh girls, just look at us now…”

High fives to Carol! We hope you enjoy this as poem as much as we do:

Ship

In the end,

it was nothing more

than the toy boat of a boy

on the local park’s lake,

where I walked with you.

 

But I knelt down

to watch it arrive,

its white sail shy

with amber light,

the late sun

bronzing the wave

that lifted it up,

 

my ship coming in

with its cargo of joy.

Carol Ann Duffy

 

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