Are your poems gently moving?
Do they dance upon the page?
Does your reader feel uplifted
Or consumed with inner rage?
Are they journeys in your language
Or just words that never shine?
Do they lift your readers’ spirits
Like a glass of ruby wine?
Do you symbolize good literacy?
Check carefully for mistakes,
For a moment with a spell check
Is all it really takes.
Does your imagery and resonance
Create emotional appeal?
Does your reader understand you
Or is your message not revealed?
Don’t unload your angry feelings
Into words upon the page,
For your readers will lose interest
In your misery and rage!
Test your poems on an audience –
Try your mother or your dad -
For I’m sure when others hear them
They will say they’re not too bad.
Copyright on all my poems
This poem was chosen by teachers and children and published in 2010 by AMS Educational Ltd - (Josie's Poems - The Anthology) - (Ilkley Library)