Poems from lockdown

This month we bring you the last of the poems we received during April and May, in an email exchange that coincided with the start of lockdown. The poems have kept coming over the past few weeks, and capture a lovely glimpse into people’s moments of reflection during this period. Some people have been inspired …

Prayers in Recipes

PRAYERS IN RECIPES By Diana Dodd, May 2020 In tribute to our late father, Ted Dodd (died 1995) and mother, Edith Dodd (died 1967). My sister has been clearing out and found our father’s prayers as an Elder for the Church of Scotland written between 1968 and 1973, inside a 1950s Cookery Book and Home …

Poem for June

Epistle Tae Corona  Jon Foggo, April 2020  To whom whom it may concern Ah jist recently, hae been telt, Whit a puir haun we’ve a’ been dealt. An a’ oor collars hae been felt; When truth unfaulds, Rest assured, someb’dy’s makin gelt, If truth be tauld. As Corona Covid nineteen rages, The Info’s comin oot …

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 …