Contact O Daily News O radio X Orange light bulb Where Am I Poems Dean Parkin poet & workshop leader Dean Parkin Who Is He

I hear footsteps

I hid in the tree.

Suddenly I hear a gunshot

luckily he missed me

but he reloaded the gun

Bang! I fell.

Blood pouring.

His dog grabbed me

and took me to him.

 

 

Harry Murphy

Orford Primary

 

 

 

BACK TO LANDSCAPE POEM LIST

The Poem of the Gun

o button

I asked the class to write down a list of things you might find in the landscape. Harry made a brilliant list in four neat columns on a sheet of A4 - voles, nettles, barbed wire, fungus, hornet, pylons, gun. 'Gun?' I asked, 'Is your father a gamekeeper?' (this being a rural village primary school). 'No, he's a carpenter,' he replied, 'he just likes shooting pigeons and pheasants'.

 

So it really startled me when Harry imagined his poem from the other side of the gun barrel – from the point of view of the hunted bird. He watches steadily and writes it straight and true, without sentiment, as the dog brings back the bird. Terrific!

Comments

o button