As I have done on most National Poetry Days in recent years, I issued an open challenge on Twitter to my followers for poem requests. Happily, I received three responses which allowed me to get my poetry hat back on for the first time in a while. I should note that these were mainly concocted off the top of my head so I make no guarantees whatsoever about the quality of them!
My first request came over breakfast from the great Aberdeenshire poet and playwright Catriona Yule. Catriona wanted a poem about a mushroom in a Victorian style. We had a little problem with damp (or something!) recently in our house which led to a wee bit of fungus growing through our carpet, so I thought I’d play on that.
My next request came from the author of the Hurricane Hilda series of children’s books, Elaine May Smith. Elaine is pleased that her poetry has been likened to both Pam Ayres and William Topaz McGonagall and requested one that pays tribute to them. I hope this does justice to both.
My final request of the day came from Aberdeenshire poet and big Liverpool FC fan Eddie Gibbons. Eddie asked for a Jurgen Klopp poem to celebrate his team’s new appointment. I did my best to bring in some authentic Scouse vernacular, but it has more in common with the Anfield Rap than the Liverpool poets. My own team Sunderland are looking for a manager right now too, so I took the opportunity to give them a mention also.
Watch out for more silly verse this time next year!