POM 2014

Poem of the Month November 2014

Beyoncé's Dresses

I don't think... 
I'll ever have the money or the bottom or the legs
Or the energy or the stamina or the voice or the dress
Or the husband or the baby or the house or the cars
Or the following on Twitter or the chest to fit those sized bras 
Or the bank account or the fame or the right to sing to Presidents
Or the kind of bloke to put a ring on it who can afford a palatial residence
But I'm cool with that 
Beyoncé I'm fine. Really. I'm fine.
Cause I know as much as your voice is your own, my voice is totally mine...

- Maxine Skervin
Writing. Performing. Poems. Rhymes.
Smiling. Laughing. Making. Time.
God. Children. People. In. General.
Purpose. And. Having. Someone. To. Get. Up. For.
Beyoncé. Rihanna’s. Te. Amo.
Conformity. Spontaneity. Status. Quo?
Outings. Funerals. Weddings. Cake.
Parties. Clubs. London. JA.
Paris. French. English. Tongue.
Always. Sing. Your. Own. Song.

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Poem of the Month August 2014

The Israeli Human rights’ organisation, B’tselem, wanted to broadcast the names of children killed in Gaza in recent weeks, on Israeli radio. The high court refused permission on the grounds it was politically controversial. It was broadcast on you tube, instead and as I listened to the names and ages I remembered a poem in my prayer book, in a section about identity by an Israeli - Ukranian poet, Zelda. The following uses her pattern of repetition, “each of us has a name”

The Children of Gaza have Names
Each of us has a name
Given by our patriarchy
or by our godparents
Muhammed Malaki aged 2
Each of us has a name
carried by the wind
And echoed in the mountains
Siraj El Al aged 8
Each of us has a name
Given by our country of birth
And by our mother tongue
Sara Elite aged 10
Each of us has a name
Whispered by our lovers
And spat out by our enemies
Ahmed Ben Aladi aged 15
Each of us has a name
Given by the walls which confine us
And the bridges we build
Nidan nu asar aged 8
Each of us has a name
Given by our parents’ faith
And the beliefs they impose
Maryam Al Arja aged 10
Each of us has a name
Given by the path we choose
And the clothes we wear
Muhammed Nu Asar aged 2
Each of us has a name
Given by our aspirations and
And by our actions
Basem Kaware aged 9
Each of has a name
Given by the way we live
And the way we die:
Saher Abu Namous
Ahmed Ben Aladi …..

Michele Benn has lived in Leicester for 30 years and currently teaches new arrivals in a city secondary school. A Liberal Jew, supporter of Palestinian rights and daughter of an Egyptian Jew, she has always written - especially exploring themes around Israel-Palestine, education, identity and family -  but has only recently begun to read in public.

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