Alison Reed, Walsall Writers’ Circle Prepares to Celebrate National Poetry Day.
20th September 2019
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Walsall Writers' Circle held their first meeting of 2019/20 on the evening of Thursday 12th September. The meeting was a fun workshop, 'Judge a book by its cover,' where the group used a number of book covers from across a range of genres to inspire a short piece of writing. During the session, members produced some excellent pieces of writing, whether crime, horror, ghostly, fantasy or comic (or a combination of all five!) which can then be developed into a short story, novel or poem. The Circle's next meeting (Thursday 10th October) will be a talk on travel writing, led by members of the group. This will also inspire members for a non-fiction writing competition to be held later in the programme, entitled 'a memorable journey.'  The group meet at Walsall College Hub on the second Thursday of each month (except August) at 7.30-9.30pm. Email:  

The Keeper  

Hunched over his stick, Gnomelike, the keeper sits

On the upturned garden kneeler.  

No traditional fairy attire for him

But a black plastic helmet

And luminous vest.  

Shin guards and knee pads

Envelop brawny hirsute legs

Exposed by short shorts.  

Abruptly he stands and lunges,

Then slaloms through the cones

His roller skates bumping and jerking  

Over the pot-holed layby.

He strikes and an orange puck 

Thwacks into a netting maw.  

Hockey stick aloft and oblivious

The victor accepts silent acclaim

From his unseen opponents. 

Then he returns to his lonely vigil

Watching for the last bus to come,

Deposit its load and depart.  

The keeper of the pucks and cones

Arranges them deftly before

Retiring from his post.

About the Author

Ian Henery

Member since: 4th February 2019

Managing Director of an award winning law firm
Ian Henery Solicitors Ltd

Award winning poet and playwright

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