Thanks to so many people who came to the launch of City of Poets on May 22, 2022.
As the final event of the Southside Wellbeing Festival, the launch attracted new and established poets, as well as representatives of the Federation of Writers Scotland.
After a brief intro and endorsements from the co-founders, everyone participated in crafting a poem from a series of words and phrases which had been written on a whiteboard by all attending.
A Wee Space for a Poem - Allan Hughes
The fear of falling
had me going against the grain,
and finding a new wall to cross,
I found myself standing in the shade.
squinted in rhythmic alchemy.
brandishing a feather,
the words held like sunshine in my hand.
Falafel balloons flew like mercury,
love found on the no brand aisle,
It flew away, few away......
Medley 2 - the assembled company at the launch of the City of Poets, May 22, 2022
Glasgow, standing in the shade
of Auld Reekie,
Rhythmic. squinty, flinty,
Words held like sunshine in the hand -
...freedom from the fear of falling.
Falafel balloons, a new wall to cross...
...love found in the no brand aisle,
Going against the grain.
Brandish a feather.