National Poetry Day is an annual event which celebrates poetry and its power to bring people together. Mrs Chavez, our College Librarian, ran a competition open to all students. To be in with a chance of winning a Library of Chocolate, all entrants had to do was submit a short limerick or rhyming poem. The best entry would win! To help inspire everyone, Mrs Chavez posted the following two poems:
There was a young student from Dereham,
Who thought, wow! There’s a college right near’im.
He applied straight away and got in the next day.
That clever young student from Dereham.
There once was a student at DSFC
Who struggled with one of her courses.
She excelled at maths and biology
But in English never cited her sources.
We are very pleased to announce that the winner was Year 13 Elizabeth Milne with Hannah Esplin as runner-up. We also had a few staff entries and so a second prize was awarded to our Law teacher Mrs Elphick with runner-up, media teacher Mr Elphick! All winners and runners-up have kindly given permission for their poems to be printed below for you to enjoy.
I love the library at Dereham Sixth Form
Being up here is now the norm
Because we do not have a dorm
Our library is our refuge from life’s storm
Student winner, Elizabeth Milne
His ancient hand quivers
As he picks up that familiar brush
Stained with pattern
And his lips stay hushed
He dips it into the aqua
And the bristles approach
They spread like a hand
Which will soon embroach
He slops those bristles
Into his smudged marigold
His once professional touch
But he can no longer mould
The shapes of the night
The dark blues, reds, yellows
Like he once could
For he is now an old fellow
The Parkinsons sets in
And the dementia follows suit
He can’t remember
How to paint that common soot
How to transfer colour
From brush to paper
And his hand wanders
And wobbles a bit later
Until the moon is high
And the sun is low
And his inspirations
Are starting to show
Because he is surrounded by dark
His favourite dish
He could paint a shooting star
And make a wish
Wish for time to reverse
Wish for better mind
So he wouldn’t have to wait till night
Every single time.
Student runner-up, Hannah Esplin
The Crafty Lawyer by Mrs Elphick
Lawyers write with quill pens
And they carry heavy files.
They may look as if they’re caring
But they bite like crocodiles.
So never trust a Lawyer, friend
Though her wig might look quite funny.
She’ll be tying you in legal knots
Whilst absconding with your money!
Don’t Tell Me by Mr Elphick
Don’t tell me that the work’s too hard
Or that you’re far too busy.
Don’t tell me that your bus was late
Or that theory makes you dizzy.
Don’t tell me that you just can’t do
What all the others could.
Don’t tell me that Edmodo failed
Otherwise you would…
Show me that you tried your best
And meant it all to work;
That dreams you have are worth the stress
Understand that journeys hurt;
That comfort zones aren’t really safe,
That risks are part of life:
And we’ll show you that the benefits
Are well worth all the strife.
So get me that assignment in –
On the day it’s meant to be,
So join the clubs, Hell, start a club!
And very soon you’ll see
That if you try and risk the fail
And take self-doubt and bin it,
Yours is the World, so own the World
And everything that’s in it.
Your essay’s due today, btw.
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