You may not know it, and it may be something you don't want to think about, but National Grief Awareness Week starts today (2nd to the 8th December)
For Poetry Day my friend the poet, hula hooper, and secret mermaid Hoops a Dayzee has written this exclusively for us – enjoy!
I don’t think there really ever was a particular point,
That I realised I was a poet,
I have always loved to play with words,
And never been afraid to show it.
Maybe I learned from my teachers at school,
Or my Uncle Dave who is really cool.
He writes a lot and I love his work,
Never fails to make me giggle with all his quirk.
But as long as I can remember i have loved to rhyme,
Sorry I cannot pinpoint a particular time.
I hate to say it but I don’t read that much,
I like my poems to have a personal touch.
My inspiration comes from within myself,
And rarely from a book on a dusty shelf.
I think I must be rather self-centred
As some humour and darkness comes when my soul I have entered.
I love to make people smile and laugh,
But sometimes my mood gets a little bit dark.
Current events also inspire us,
And it doesn’t get much darker than this killer virus.
So the mood of my poetry really depends,
On the mood I am in and on current events.
I know when a poem is complete, my friend,
By a feeling I get when it comes to the end.
Its like putting together pieces of a jigsaw,
There is an empty space where I know it needs more.
But when all the words are in the right place,
I get a warm feeling and a smile on my face.
Sometimes I get words going round in my head,
Or I’ll think about a subject that needs to be read.
Funny events will occur that can’t go unheard,
Things happen to me that are rather absurd,
So I write down my thoughts and take it from there,
And some of them I cannot help but share.
Just do it. Put a pen to paper and write with your mind,
The results will surprise you, I think you will find.
Think of a subject and take it from there,
Anything from a spider to what happened at the fair.
You will no doubt write and then scribble bits out,
But that’s what the process is all about.
The best advice I can give is ‘just play around’ ,
The words you are looking for are there to be found.
Throw in a rhyme, a palindrome or a pun.
Enjoy the process and have some fun.