Today is National Poetry Day, so I popped in to Exeter Cathedral to meet and chat to the current Riddler In Residence Aly Stoneman. She is working with the local community, looking for new poems that are inspired by the natural world around (and perhaps inside) the Cathedral, in order to create a Green Words Map and Digital Anthology: “The aim is to celebrate urban nature and wildlife, and highlight both the importance of conservation, and how contact with nature improves people’s quality of life.”
I thought I could manage to write a haiku or two, one responding to the news of record September (following record July and record August) average global temperatures, and one a bit more celebratory, of some biodiversity that is often overlooked.
Here’s how you can submit your own poems for Aly’s Poetry Map.
sunning ourselves on the Green
while the planet burns
From a bug’s eye view
the grass is riddled with weeds
(if you call them that)