It's National Poetry Day today - a day for all poets, poetry fans and poetry organisations to enjoy and take part in.
For more details on National Poetry Day including events in the London aread visit their website.
The suggested theme for National Poetry Day 2013 is water water everywhere - here's John Betjeman's poem Return to Ealing with a mention of the River Brent, written before the construction of the Great West Road:
Return, return to Ealing, Worn poet of the farm! Regain your boyhood feeling Of uninvaded calm! For there the leafy avenues Of lime and chestnut mix'd Do widely wind, by art designed, The costly houses 'twixt.
No early morning tractors The thrush and blackbird drown, No nuclear reactors Bulge huge below the down, No youth upon his motor-bike His lust for power fulfil With dentist'd drill intent to kill The silence of the hills.
In Ealing on a Sunday Bell-haunted quiet falls, In Ealing on a Monday 'Milk-o!' the milkman calls; No lorries grind in bottom gear Up steep and narrow lanes, Nor constant here offend the ear Low-flying aeroplanes.
Return, return to Ealing, Worn poet of the farm! Regain your boyhood feeling Of uninvaded calm! Where smoothly glides the bicycle And softly flows the Brent And a gentle gale from Perivale Sends up the hayfield scent.