Poetry with Friends at Whitley Bay Library on Thursday just gone, April 2nd. Classic session. Regulars plus one newcomer contributed to amazing conversation and shared A grade poems.


  • Leisure by W H Davies
  • Tell me, Sarah Jane by Charles Causley
  • The Voice by Thomas Hardy
  • High Flight (An Airman’s Ecstasy) by John Gillespie Magee


  • The Mermaids by Leslie Mountain
  • Easter 1916 by W B Yeats
  • The Old Familiar Face by Charles Lamb
  • The Shout by Simon Armitage
  • April’s Fool Day by Kenn Nesbit
  • Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith

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  • Two Cures for Love by Wendy Cope
  • Lustre by Leslie Mountain
  • To Iron-Founders and Others by Gordon Bottomley
  • Come to the Edge by Christopher Logue
  • Ballad of the Bread Man by Charles Causley
  • By the Sea by William Wordsworth
  • The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth

We decided Leisure should be “our” poem:

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Between poems we discussed families, education, careers, politics, Poldark, seahorses and noted the subtle links between our poetic choices.

We take a break for Easter and return to Whitley Bay library on April 30th. No theme but but please pre-book, so we know how many people to expect. You can book via email to gail@happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk