Poetry in motion at Holybourne Day Centre

We have several budding poets at Holybourne Day Centre in London, following on from a poetry and creative writing afternoon.

Christine Smith, Day Centre Manager, said: “Everyone had a wonderful afternoon. It was interesting to see how a word or a phrase could trigger people’s imagination. We had five poems overall which are all brilliant. I want to thank the people who ran the workshop for us. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

The five poems that were created at the workshop can be seen below.

What’s in a Smile?

Someone who looks happy,
who is contented who is alive.

A thought is in a smile.
Catch it when you see it.

Be merciful for it.
When you’re smiling
the whole world smiles with you


You can catch something of me
but not know everything.

You would have to live with me.
So many things, so many flowers.


Hands are for making up –

shake and say sorry.

Both hands are the same –
write with this one, write with that one.

People hold hands and pens and pencils
in different ways and the writing is perfect.

You do your crocheting and knitting
run a troupe of majorettes, restore and make furniture.

Hands and fingers making letters,

At school with stories and poems, working hard.

Strong in my life.
I was strong.

A policeman’s job is twenty-four hours.
A woman’s job is twenty-four hours –

holding a baby, washing a baby, cooking,
making mattresses, making envelopes,

typing QWERTY – quite a few words per minute,
pressing buttons, putting the paper in.

When you dance you have to use your hands –
shake them, shake them!

Help with hands.
Fix things.

Eyes and Noses

Your eyes are for lighting up
your hands are for talking –

Shake it, shake itbut don’t break it!

Your nose is for blowing
and breathing and smelling
red roses,
eau de cologne
fresh cut grass.

Your nose is for sneezes!
The smell of good life, natural thing


Camera taking pictures
the lens
the stars around the edges.

The more you look at it
the more it is
the less you understand.

The full moon, a family,
a lovely blue something different.

Helpless. A knob I want to pull open.
Something behind.

If I pulled that open, that’s what I’d think.
I’d find it, see what the hell it is.

You should
be able to open it.

Submarine door out to the sea,
with a swimming cap.

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Date published: 15 September 2017

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