It’s National Poetry Day today – and for this, I wanted to take at least one of our words about nature and its beauty back to where it belongs. I was dismayed recently to search for ‘Yellowhammer’ only to wade through a full page of political jargon before I got to the bird.
So for today let’s move away from spin and lies and commercial gain.
And what better than a poem by John Clare to do that?
So here, for the poets, and observers, and gardeners, and birdwatchers, and planet savers…
STOP! I’m in danger of sounding a bit like a building society ad already, and spinning this out of control….
Because as June Jordan said, ‘
“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.”
Let’s just go straight to the poem….