Poems to share

QUICK! THERE IS A POEM

Shhh! There is a poem in a whispered secret
Quick! There is a poem in a shaft of light
Look! There is a poem in a screwed up leaflet
There! There is a poem in a tangled kite

Aww! There is a poem in a tom cat’s whiskers
See! There is a poem in a statue’s eye
Hey! There is a poem in a triplet’s sisters
Woah! There is a poem in a midnight sky

Brrr! There is a poem in a frozen fountain
Yum! There is a poem in a slice of cake
Phew! There is a poem in a sun-kissed mountain
Yikes! There is a poem in a curled up snake

Great! There is a poem in a million faces
Yes! There is a poem if you look and see
Cool! There is a poem in a billion places
Wow! There is a poem and it’s inside ME!

© Tony Walsh

With kind permission of the poet

Tony Walsh

Tony is a Manchester-based poet working around the UK and internationally, writing and performing for both children and adults. His writing came to worldwide attention with the now iconic performance of his poem “This Is The Place” at the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Tony subsequently performed to a global audience at the One Love stadium concert to raise funds for the victims, whilst licensing the poem to raise approaching £200k for Manchester charities.

A passionate and inspiring educator, Tony has collaborated to create two picture books for children and has worked in schools, colleges and universities around the UK and as far away at Turkey and Kazakhstan. He was commissioned to write the poem to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the BBC’s flagship Blue Peter programme.

Tony was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Salford, becoming a Doctor of Letters, in 2018 and is delighted to be named as an Ambassador for National Poetry Day 2019.