Want to see some WOW poetry work from Year 9? Check out Thomas Wilson’s poem, turning Simon Armitage’s The Clown Punk into a reply from the punk.
The Clown Punk’s Reply
Walking home through my side of town,
Sometimes you’ll see the judging eyes and spiteful frown,
Like a child’s picture that was not put up
And drives with his kids full of hope. But
Don’t admire: Every wrinkle on that man’s head
Is carved by mid-life stress;
As I step out of the traffic lights,
Think what he’ll look like in thirty years’ time –
The bags under his eyes and slouching back,
Scared by the unfair cost of the rat race.
You dog on a leash who barks and howl
When I come face to face with the kids who growl,
Remember the man so different to choke,
Then remove the background and clear the smoke.
By Thomas Wilson