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Poetry Reading at the Williamson Art Gallery

On Friday 3rd November 5 students and 2 members of staff took part in the War and Peace poetry event. We joined poets from three primary schools and Liverpool Hope University to share poems written on the occasion of the Black Chair Eisteddfod Centenary Festival. It was a moving event and an honour to hear the poems written by writers who captured both the horrors of First World War. All the students were presented with an anthology which opens with the three winning poems from the Black Chair Eisteddfod competition. Two of those winners are students from Wirral Hospitals’ School.those winners are students from Wirral Hospitals’ School. Copies of the anthology, ‘War and Peace’, are available for browsing in school.

A Black Cloth

A black Cloth

placed upon a chair

for the man who did not come

to find that he had died

a hero for his country

only six weeks previous.

 

A black cloth

placed upon a chair

for the man who was a poet

and had won

the chair

in which the black cloth

was placed

for when he did not come.

Private Ellis Humphrey Evans

was his name.

He died for his country

 

The Hero

Gunshot after gunshot.

A sound like a thousand balloons

 popping,

A muffled yell through a mask.

Dirt flying up into the air.

Trudging over body after body.

This soldier went through it all.

But that was then, and now, he

sits.

He sits on his porch, looking at

The country he helped save.

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