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Seeing the Light – on National Poetry Day 2015

October 6, 2015

What a fabulous theme for this year’s National Poetry Day on Thursday 8th October! At the time of year when the nights are drawing in and the mornings are often foggy, LIGHT is very important to us. It’s also very beautiful is so many ways and guises – from candlelight to fireworks. It’s helpful in hundreds of ways, such as warnings and signals, from the blue flashing lights of emergency vehicles to the redambergreen changes of traffic lights. Most of us now enjoy light evenings at the click of a switch. No longer must we rise with the sun and go to bed by the moon and stars – our planet’s lovely natural lights.

If your school is planning an assembly to celebrate LIGHT on National Poetry Day – or perhaps your Brownies, Guides or Scout Group – CLICK HERE to find a fun way to introduce poetry about Light. Find how poets have written about light and write your own poems.

Here’s a Mesostic* poem that I’ve written especially for National Poetry Day. I took the photo, too, looking out from Start Point Lighthouse in Devon at the sea and hazardous rocks.

*Can you see the word LIGHT in capital letters, reading down the middle of the lines of the poem? You might try writing one of these, or an Acrostic poem, where each line begins with the letters of a light-related word, such as C-A-N-D-L-E.

Enjoy a lovely sunny day, whatever the weather!

Lighthouse LIGHT mesostic on photo

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