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Flora’s Poetry Performance

English General

Flora Barber, Year 13, has taken to the airwaves to read an extract from a poem live on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester in celebration of National Poetry Day.  BBC Local Radio commissioned a performance poet to write a poem for each local radio station, from the viewpoint of a local landmark or tradition.

Worcestershire’s poet laureate, Heather Wastie, wrote the following poem, which is inspired by local orchards:

Squeeze me

Close your eyes,
take me in your hand
and squeeze me.

Am I
the sweet smooth-skinned Sandlin Duchess,
the blushing May Queen,
the mysterious Scotch Bridget, worth keeping,
or Gwendolen, appealing, with a hint of wine?

Am I Dick's Favourite?
Am I your favourite?
The apple of your eye?

Feel how small I am,
small but robust,
quality not quantity,
my breeding dictates my destiny,

Lizzy, Vicky, Gilly,
Amanda, Jane ...
when I have matured,
when I have spent time
with Hilda, Lucy, Dora, Jessie,
Hereford, Worcester, Wilfred, Raven,
Darby, Joan ...

you will have forgotten my name
but you will thank me
and bless me, dancing and singing,
as you drink from the Wassail cup.

Flora came to the attention of the radio station after she won her age category in their Poetry Writing Competition this spring with a poem called ‘Home’ inspired by her experiences as an asthma sufferer:

She was interviewed live on air this morning by Alice Porter, a previous Head Girl of Malvern St James.

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