Withal Poetry – Day 6 of National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

Withal Poetry – Day 6 of National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

My sixth poem for National Poetry Writing Month is Withal Poetry. With many thanks to Joan Bakewell and her beautiful essay ‘What Makes Us Human’ on today’s Jeremy Vine Show for the inspiration.

Withal Poetry

Language has so many uses
But none such as that in verse
Withal Poetry
It answers our needs
With an intensity
That stands
On the page

Language can explain, complain
Shouts, sings, instructs, lists
Withal Poetry
Is an illumination
Your thoughts
Your feelings

Language is rich and beautiful
And comes in so many forms
Withal Poetry
It is central
Bringing subjects
To life
Life to subjects

Language can be hard
Expressed in its fullest form
Withal Poetry
Has an intensity
There is no impulse
That cannot be
by the words of a poem

Language is a body of words
By means of communication
Withal Poetry
In times of crisis
For birth, death, love and loss
Lifting or comforting
Your day
And possibly
Your life

Victoria Welton 6th April 2016


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  1. April 11, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I love the English language and the ways in which words, chosen with care, can really express our feelings and move us. Lovely poem Vicky. X

  2. April 11, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Beautiful poem. Words do indeed lift and comfort. X

  3. April 8, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I like the visual layout of this one, which I realise sounds a bit odd, but language is all sorts of things including pretty sometimes.
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  4. April 7, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Beautiful poem, Victoria. I loooove how you explored the many facets and purpose of language & poetry. I would have to agree with everyone and praise the flow you created it here. It’s so smooth and definitely creates an elegant tone to your piece. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and for hosting #prose4t this week. Have a lovely Thursday 🙂

  5. April 7, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Lucky enough to catch the interview too. Could happily listen to her for hours.

    Wonderful powerful poem with a lovely natural flow – so impressed you’re writing one a day!
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  6. April 6, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Enjoyed reading this and it flows so naturally.

  7. April 6, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    A lovely poem about the transformative power of words. I listened to Josn Bakewell too and found her very inspiring

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