Welcome to my guest post, on this beautiful November day!
Well, what a month October was. It continues to be rather nice here in Hertfordshire and the poetry scene has been rather interesting too…
Firstly, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Matt Abbot who entertained us at the Southern Maltings in Ware- he said it was a very good venue and a great crowd. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it there this time but will definitely be there the next time he is in town.
I do love the concept of touring but it must take up a great deal of time and energy to continuously be on the road.
I sometimes love to go and see different poetry events that pop up out of the blue and this can be one of the advantages of internet browsing – you never know what you’re going to get.
I have never been disappointed but I suppose that’s because I have a great passion for this wonderful art form.
While we are in Ware, Ware Poets do host regular events and are definitely worth a visit. You can find out who is scheduled to perform, on their website.
Exciting news – I have started to plan my very own Christmas event in Hertford! I will put a link in December’s blog, but if you can keep the 15 December free then please do!
St Albans based Ver Poets also have events in November so you can find more information on their website.
The University of Hertfordshire Poetry Slam Society continues to go from strength to strength and their recent event at the end of October was a great success- I look forward to seeing them again sometime soon.
Sometimes writing poetry can be quite a challenge and if the inspiration doesn’t seem to be flowing then it can be interesting to have a look at poetry events (and poets generally) currently in the spotlight , to see if anything inspires me.
Here are some of my favourites, who you might like to look up:
- Kate Tempest
- Benjamin Zephaniah
- Hollie McNish
- Harry and Chris
- Mark Grist
- Apples and Snakes
If any of you would like to add a poem to my guest post for December or the following months, please feel free to send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great month and check back in for more news in December.
A poem for November:
THE PUMPKIN MOUSE
HE HAD A PUMPKIN HOUSE AND A PUMPKIN CAR
A HE KEPT A PUMPKIN LIGHT IN A PUMPKIN JAR
HE HAD A PUMPKIN DOG BUT NOT A PUMPKIN CAT
HE HAD A PUMPKIN SUIT AND WORE A PUMPKIN HAT
HE HAD A PUMPKIN BIKE AND LOVED PUMPKIN CHEESE
HE ATE PUMPKIN HONEY MADE BY PUMPKIN BEES
HE HAD A PUMPKIN MOUSE WIFE WHO HAD PUMPKIN HAIR
HE HAD A PUMPKIN SOFA AND PUMPKIN CHAIR
HE WORKED AT THE FARM MAKING PUMPKIN SOUP
PLAYED PUMPKIN DRUMS IN A PUMPKIN GROUP
HE LIVED IN PUMPKIN TOWN WITH THE PUMPKIN MICE
A KIND OF PUMPKIN LIFE THAT HE THOUGHT WAS NICE
HE WAS THE PUMPKIN MOUSE AND KEPT HIS HOUSE CLEAN
HE NEVER WANTED TO GO OUT ON HALLOWEEN
HE WROTE ON A PUMPKIN AND REMEMBERED TO MENTION
THAT ALL HE WANTED WAS A PUMPKIN EXTENSION
HE HAD PUMPKIN DREAMS AND A PUMPKIN BOAT
HE SAILED THE OCEANS AND STAYED AFLOAT
HE WAS A MOUSE THAT LOVED PUMPKINS AND WAS SOMETIMES CONFUSED
WHY THE PUMPKINS WERE THROWN OUT AND SOME NEVER USED
ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT WERE NOT PERFECTLY ROUND
THE FARMER WOULD TAKE THEM AND WITHOUT A SOUND
THE PUMPKINS WERE DUMPED OVER THE FENCE
BUT TO THE PUMPKIN MOUSE IT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE
STILL HE DIDN’T MIND HE HAD A MISSION
TO TAKE ALL THE PUMPKINS TO A DIFFERENT POSITION
HE HAD A PUMPKIN CART WITH A PUMPKIN HORSE
HE HAD 40 KIDS AND LOVED THEM OF COURSE
HE READ THEM PUMPKIN STORIES AT NIGHT UNDER THE MOON
THEY HAD PUMPKIN HOT CHOCOLATE WITH CREAM AND A SPOON
HE TOLD THEM PUMPKIN FAIRY STORIES UNTIL THEY WENT TO SLEEP
THEY WERE ALL TUCKED UP TIGHT AND TOLD NOT TO PEEP
IT WAS CHRISTMAS EVE AND THE PUMPKIN SANTA WAS COMING
YOU COULD HERE THE SOUND OF THE SLEIGH AND THE REINDEERS HUMMING
THE PUMPKIN MOUSE TOWN WAS ALL COVERED IN SNOW
SO I’M GOING TO TELL YOU SO YOU CAN GO
JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND DREAM PUMPKIN DREAMS
JUST FOLLOW THE PUMPKINS DOWN TO THE STREAMS
ACROSS THE GREEN VALLEYS AND MOUNTAINS OF WONDER
DOWN TO THE BRIDGE THEN YOU GO UNDER
THE PUMPKIN TREE THESE MOMENTS ARE RARE
IM OFF TOMORROW SO ILL SEE YOU THERE
About the author
This is a guest post from Daren Peary*.
As well as a poet, Daren is also a blogger, a member of the Hertford Writers Circle and author of the book Lettermorphosis, which is an imaginative and entertaining introductory poetry book for all ages.
*All opinions expressed in this article and related materials are those of the author/ contributors and are not necessarily shared by HertfordArts. This website is a place to discuss Hertfordshire’s wonderful artists and their work so please feel free to leave a comment below – just please keep it friendly, so we can all enjoy an open, pleasant conversation. Thank you.