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FHS staff inspired to share their 'Poem of the Day'

Staff at FHS are taking it in turns to choose their 'Poem of the Day'. Take a look at our news page to discover who has been inspired..
22 May 2020
School News
Click on the link below to read more poetry chosen by FHS staff:

https://www.fhs-sw1.org.uk/media/news/article/2003/FHS-Poem-of-the-Day-The-Past-by-Louise-Gl-ck

Today's poem is chosen by Mrs Street, Teacher of English:

The Orange

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.
Wendy Cope

There is so much happiness in this poem!  It bursts out of the lines like the juice from the orange when it is peeled.  An everyday thing, an orange, but an enormous one?  Perfect for sharing.  Anything we share brings joy to others, so lucky Robert and Dave that the orange happened to be so huge.  And lucky poet - because this made her day into something other than it might have been.   Her ordinary day is lived in more colour somehow.  And this happens to her a lot, it seems.  Is it because she feels a special love?  Or does the unexpected pleasure in sharing this hilarious orange make her feel her love for life and the people in it more vividly?  Are there moments in your day, spots of time, which make you feel alive and glad you exist?    Ordinary things that fill you with feelings of peace and contentment?  Keep your eyes peeled for them.  

Happy long weekend!
Mrs Street
 

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