JOSIE'S POEMS

 

WRITE POEMS THAT OTHERS

WILL NOTICE AND LOVE

By Josie Whitehead

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Poetry in Motion
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Are your poems gently moving?
    Do they dance upon the page?
Does your reader feel uplifted
    Or consumed with inner rage?

Are they journeys in your language
    Or just words that never shine?
Do they lift your readers’ spirits
    Like a glass of ruby wine?

Do you symbolize good literacy?
     Check carefully for mistakes,
For a moment with a spell check 
      Is all it really takes.

Does your imagery and resonance
    Create emotional appeal?
Does your reader understand you
   Or is your message not revealed?

Don’t unload your angry feelings 
    Into words upon the page,
For your readers will lose interest
     In your misery and rage!

Test your poems on an audience –
   Try your mother or your dad -
For I’m sure when others hear them
    They will say they’re not too bad.


Copyright on all my poems 


This poem was chosen by teachers and children and published in 2010 by AMS Educational Ltd -  (Josie's Poems - The Anthology) - (Ilkley Library - or perhaps you have it in your classroom.  No longer in publication but you have it here.