Poems to share

A Statement of Belief

I believe
it’s OK to have bad thoughts sometimes
I believe
fear is not the same as intuition
I believe
you are not the sum of your exam results
I believe
your IQ does not define your intelligence
I believe
your intelligence does not define your worth
I believe
all reading is good reading
I believe
audiobooks are not cheating
I believe
laughing hard on public transport
is a very good thing
I believe
good teachers make mistakes
I believe
faith can be a virtue
I believe
love often hurts
I believe
we can choose what to believe
I believe
I am frequently wrong
I believe
it’s OK
not to like poetry

Joshua Seigal

Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and educator based in London. He specialises in working with children, and has two children’s poetry collections published by Bloomsbury, as well as picture books published by Flying Eye. He has performed all over the world, including at the Edinburgh Book Festival and the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (United Arab Emirates). His performances always involve talking about his Lhasa Apso dog. Joshua has an MA in Creative Writing and Education, and has held residencies at numerous schools. Visit his fun website at www.joshuaseigal.co.uk