CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW POET LAUREATE for 2018: Edwin Roberts and to our RUNNERS UP: Ben Davies and Jamie Perry We were delighted by the response to our Poet Laureate competition and so excited to read all the incredible entries. Our first English Newsletter is available to view via the Current Olavians/Curriculum/English pages of this website.
Edmin's first School poem is below:
The Letter to Phyllis by Edwin Roberts
“Dear Phyllis,” I began to write,
“The end of our love is in sight
The days of trading precious moments are gone,
Our union broken, our marriage done.”
I promise to you I didn't want to upset her,
We could go our separate ways, live life for the better,
An explanation was due, I thought,
And mutual understanding would be my reward,
I enlisted a quill and some parchment to help
(Lest all manner of guilt did deal me a skelp!)
To tell her my sorrow, and regret and doubt,
That a love like hers could ever again come about,
I reminded her first of the times we shared,
Both fun and exhausting; the deeds we dared
Each other to do, like in the fields of wheat
(And now I hear her friend’s in 10 Downing Street!)
I committed a page, then two, then three
To the years we spent sailing the sea
Back and forth across channels and ponds
To exotic lands, and joyful songs
But soon the anthem began to bore
And the eye of other women, I admit, I saw,
For Phyllis’ song lost its spirit somehow,
And she mumbled and grumbled and fretted and frowned
The final straw did one night come
When her gold ran out, leaving me with a sum
Of debt to be paid. How unfair!
I couldn't possibly pay. I'm not a billionaire!
I told her I'd keep her safe and secure
Lest other men steal fair Phyllis’ allure
But I knew from the staid welcome of her guests,
That for me, the party had ended, but I digress
Enough was enough. Time to leave.
I sealed the letter, hers to receive
But imagine my dread, growing greater and greater
To find fair Phyllis would still be my next door neighbour!