Illness, Health and Disease were the themes for tonight’s Poetry with Friends at The Mission.

Conversation flowed between poems and around David’s conversation pieces: Sid Chaplin’s writing and a daguerreotype. Funny that as today would have been inventor, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre’s 227th birthday. Mon dieu!


We enjoyed the following poems:

  • A Healthy Body is a Healthy Mind by Dr Rajendra Tela
  • A Forgotten Life by Linda Harrison
  • The Wild Swans at Coole by W.B. Yeats
  • Untitled by Alan Maddison
  • Sixty-one by Wendy Cope
  • Five Minutes by Norman Nicholson
  • Fever Ship by John Masefield
  • Fever Chills by John Masefield
  • Geordie’s Doctor by Geordie Broon
  • Hayfever by Elaine Feinstein

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  • Train Ride by Ruth Stone
  • Sneezles by A.A. Milne
  • The Scream by John G. Lowe
  • Two Haiku by Mike Wilkin (R.I.P)
  • A Coat by W.B. Yeats
  • Sick by Shel Silverstein
  • My Funeral by Wendy Cope
  • On Going Deaf by Anne Stevenson
  • Casualty by Diana Witherby
  • Notting Hill Polka by W. Bridges-Adam
  • Chelsea Boots by The Legendary Ken Creen
  • ‘To be great, be whole’ by Fernando Pessoa

Our next Poetry with Friends takes place on Tuesday 2nd December and the theme is Music and Lyrics. Our final session of the year takes place on December 16th. The joint themes are “Festive” and “Bring Yer Own work.” For more information visit

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