My Wee Gas Mask and other poems

In last month’s issue of the Voice we had a post filled with poems that had been exchanging both locally and across the world via an email Poem Exchange. The poems have kept coming over the past few weeks, so we have included here another post (in addition to our usual Poem of the Month) …

Poem for May

The World Turned Upside Down In 1649 To St George’s Hill, A ragged band they called the Diggers Came to show the people’s will They defied the landlords They defied the laws They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs. We came in peace they said To dig and sow We came to work the …

Bani Adam: the 13th century Persian poem that shows why humanity needs a global response to coronavirus

Bani Adam: the 13th-century Persian poem that shows why humanity needs a global response to coronavirus By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies, SOAS, University of London. Originally published in The Conversation, March 27th 2020. Coronavirus is all about human connectivity. From a philosophical perspective, I’ve been thinking about how this virus …

Poems for April

This month, there is a change to our poetry format – we’ve got not one poem for you, but ten! In these surreal and changing times, where we are all adapting to a new reality, whether that’s to self isolation, working on the frontline of our vital services, or home schooling children, for millions around …

Remembering Edwin Morgan

REMEMBERING EDWIN MORGAN, a piece by Kenneth Gibson, MSP. April 27 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet, Edwin Morgan. Morgan was born in Glasgow in 1920, growing up in Rutherglen. Going on to study English Literature at Glasgow University in 1937, Morgan also completed studies in French and Russian. However, the …

Poem for March

Love after Love by Derek Walcott The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread, Give back …

Poem for February

THE LOST WORDS BLESSING Enter the world with care, my love And speak the things you see Let new names take and root and thrive and grow And even as you travel far from heather, crag and river May you like the little fisher, set the stream alight with glitter May you enter now as …

Poem for the New Year

The Big Hooley 1st July 1999 In the Assembly Rooms the night, people want tae dance, an celebrate. The hall swirls tae the Fish Band, kilts, skirts, troosers, shorts, even the odd ball gown twirlin an birlin in time tae the music lik a shoal turnin as wan in the ocean’s currents. Ah’ve jist danced …

Poem for December

A Winter Morning By Gerry Cambridge (at aged 14, Ayrshire) Puddle ice cracked like lightbulb glass. Frost had furred the last of the hips and haws. My breath plumed out like a dragon’s In the cheering cold that morning the class Was off for the day as the heating had failed – Off for the …

Poem for November

I have chosen a poetic passage from ‘Charles I’, a play by Percy Bysshe Shelley, which he began writing in 1820 but did not finish. He was, I believe, a revolutionary and socialist poet and the poems are still relevant now. I found Shelley nearly 30 years ago, when I was given the book ‘Red …