Poems to share

Sunshine Girl

sing to me now my sunshine girl
sing of the things we’ve lost
far and away from the darkening day
there are rivers we still need to cross

and high on the rim of forever
where mountain-tops knuckle the sky
snow starts to melt round the things we both felt
still we glitter like frost, you and I

so cast off the song of your fathers
it’s only a tune of the past
believe in the words you’ve spoken and heard
does it matter if none of it lasts?

and I know that you dealt in the truthless
in a time way before this new world
but I promise the pain won’t always remain
so sing to me now sunshine girl

© Matt Goodfellow

With kind permission of the poet

Matt Goodfellow

Matt is a poet from Manchester. His most recent solo collections are Bright Bursts of Colour (Bloomsbury 2020) and Chicken on the Roof (Otter Barry Books 2018). His collections with Liz Brownlee and Roger Stevens are Be the Change (Macmillan 2019) and The Same Inside (Macmillan 2018). Matt divides his time between writing and visiting schools, libraries and festivals to deliver inspirational performances and workshops. He spent over 10 years as a primary school teacher in Manchester.