Linda has come to not one, not two, but three of the Unpicked:Restitched writing workshops! Here are two of the poems she created, the first from the workshop with Write out Loud at the Art Gallery; the second from the workshop at Central Library.
Rage on the River Bank
Birds and blossom colour the mood –
black loathing to red cheer.
The crunch of dried faeces.
The fracture of old gravel.
Sunshine laughs on green delight.
Water traffic: a shopping trolley;
a plastic bag; a family of ducks.
Where the Children Go
Inspired by Alexandra Park Primary
I’m weary, worn, grubby.
One day I’ll be razed.
Where will the children go?
So many children: running, laughing,
screaming, crying, fighting, swearing,
hating, loving, hoping.
Marking my bricks: my old bricks; my dull bricks;
my dark bricks. So many feet; so many faces.
Faces change. To them I’m new, I’m strange,
I’m familiar, I’m past. Now, they pass me
on the way to other lives. I stink of sweat,
of puke, of fun, of joy, of fear. Of lunch.
I’m empty. I’m full. I’m old – neglected,
touched-up, experienced. I’m hated. I’m loved.
I’m fondly recalled. I’m where the children go.