Story tellers can learn much from poets about the skilful art of getting the right word in the right place.
I am glad that my English literature studies at university introduced me to the poems of Roger McGough, one of my favourite poets.
I love the reflection contained in this short poem:
A nun in a supermarket
Standing in a queue,
Wondering what it’s like
To buy groceries for two.
Or the humour or is it the sadness in this shorter poem?:
“I’ve almost reached breaking point,”
There are three poems by Roger McGough with words and the audio on a wonderful new Poetry web site called ‘Poetry Archive’ and found at this web address:
The poem called ‘Oxygen’ needs to be heard to be fully appreciated. It could make a great opener for a talk on creation, life, resurrection or the breath of the Holy Spirit.
I love McGough’s 'Funicular Railway'. In the audio he adds more than what is found in the text, which illustrates the way speakers can get on a roll, thanks to a live audience. The way people reflect on their experience of being on this Italian train offers some delightful insights into cultural behaviour. If I paste the text here you may not discover the web site which is a growing treasury for public speakers and lovers of poetry.
Image: Roger McGough.