The Poets of Strathbogie (a tribute to speakers at “Strathbogie has SPOKEN”)

Sean introduced our show

With works of local flavour

A Molesworth fit to blow

A nature walk to savour

 

Michael spoke of Australia’s Centre

Of some of the time he spent there

Then with brevity he rendered

Godly joys of share and care

 

Kate embraced the divine

Spoke of a place sacred

Her oration was sublime

Left us exposed and naked

 

Seamus in his Irish brogue

Spoke with humour and of beaches

His story of the Kelly rogue

Touched on local history features

 

Ruth used poly props

With purpose for the children

Highlighting poly sops

And those they have abandoned

 

Andrew used his reading

To draw to our attention

The conditions and the bleeding

Of coal pits as detention

 

Dana exploded on stage

With the story of Tom the Glutton

A family favourite she portrayed

Where Thomas pushed the button

 

Anika’s poem was of vital spring

A brave girl in the making

She let her mother sing

While she thought of next creating

 

Jessica came with brca2

A gene carried through her family

Her power and emotive hues

Affected all who heard them deeply

 

Sim recreated Talliesin

A traditional Welsh story

Love born of a boiling cauldron

Of ugliness turned to beauty

 

Hagan worked the floor

As he told us when we were born

Everything changed at its core

The world’s very fabric torn

 

Elizabeth restructured original work

Into a new piece of writing

Her recital memory learnt

A grandchildren’s reinventing

 

Joan read us words of love

Charitable beauty from the bible

Then tickled us hand in glove

With Banjo’s christening libel

 

Bert came to, with bush poetry

The theme of cutting timber beams

And an old master’s notoriety

For working bullock teams

 

Katie took to the front with fire

“Possibility is as wide as

the space we create to hold it”

And so we left the church inspired

For future SPOKEN works emboldened

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