Carol Ann Duffy

Continuing from the previous post, I’ve also decided to post one of Carol Ann Duffy‘s poems as a salute; more are available (but not the adult ones it seems) to read from this school website William Howard School:

We Remember Your Childhood Well

Nobody hurt you Nobody turned off the light and argued
with somebody else all night. The bad man on the moors
was only a movie you saw. Nobody locked the door.

Your questions were answered fully. No. That didn’t occur.
You couldn’t sing anyway, cared less. The moment’s a blur a Film Fun
laughing itself to death in the coal fire. Anyone’s guess.

Nobody forced you. You wanted to go that day. Begged. You chose
the dress. Here are the pictures, look at you. Look at us all,
smiling and waving, younger The whole thing is inside your head.

What you recall are impressions; we have the facts. We called the tune.
The secret police of your childhood were older and wiser than you, bigger
than you. Call back the sound of their voices. Boom. Boom. Boom.

Nobody sent you away. That was an extra holiday, with people
you seemed to like. They were firm, there was nothing to fear.
There was none but yourself to blame if it ended in tears.

What does it matter now? No, no, nobody left the skidmarks of sin
on your soul and laid you wide open for Hell. You were loved.
Always. We did what was best. We remember your childhood well.

More news in Haiku, anyone?

I received an e-mail from the Newsnight crew at BBC Two today informing me of Kirsty Wark’s upcoming interview tonight with our first female Poet Laureate in 341 years (congrats!) Carol Ann Duffy, currently of Manchester (woohoo!).

In honour of this acheivement, the Newsnight programme schedule came in haiku form. Here it is in its entirety:-

Spending cuts on mind
Crick and Urban talk defence
Should Trident face axe?

Go to our website
Click on What Would You Cut link
Tell us your cut plan

Sri Lanka crisis
Looking at new attack claim
Did troops bomb haven?

Carol Ann Duffy
First time female laureate
Talks to Kirsty Wark

Please join us tonight
10.30pm on Two
That’s BBC Two