Over 400 poets contributed 800 poems to celebrate Liverpool's 800th year. You can read them all here, just click anywhere on the picture of the Liver Building. Alternatively, you can select poems from a list
In a quiet island in Fazakerley, a prim Miss
lurked around corners to catch unwary “young ladies”
destined not to “run along corridors”
“shout through windows” or “slouch.”
At times she despatched her henchwomen to
isolated corners we thought nobody knew,
where we cringed at the voice rivalling the Bisto Kids
with “Ahh, the sweet aroma of Wild Woodbine.”
Faster than light we rendered our short, shared
cigarette to oblivion and warily walked the gauntlet
of a victorious poker face or acerbic adverbs.
Arriving late was only for those destined,
in later life, to dance with crocodiles or
swallow razor blades. Excuses where not timetabled.
Every door but one closed by nine o’clock.
No slipping like a shadow to a waiting space,
now clearly empty space. Name noted, excuse extracted.
At the end of term, when God, “our help in ages past”
had heard our pleas of “hope for years to come”
we shuffled in single file to shake her slight,
clammy hand and receive her clipped comments,
each of us known by name, no anonymity.
Then glorious escape through the forbidden
front doors to freedom, ‘til next term’s torment at
“The” Queen Mary High School “for Girls”
NORMA E JONES
To we tried to get poem800 published in book form but with 800 poems we couldn't find a publisher, also it was too expensive for us to print ourselves via vanity press so we regret that we have been unable to get it published. But we decided to leave it published on the internet i.e. running with a random poem every day (at our expense) and if anyone has any ideas on how to publish please get in touch.
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