I wrote this poem about Bolton, the beautiful town where I live.
I was delighted when ‘Live from Worktown’ picked it to go in their 2016 Anthology.
My Bowl Does Runneth Over
You don’t see the heart working away underneath the clothes,
Deep beneath the skin, right under your nose. But it’s there
Willing and able, alive, pumping hard, filling every vein, feeding
Every organ, muscle, cell, again and again and again. Pouring
Its life force freely into all it reaches out to and connects, giving
Of itself so completely, so resolutely, showing great kindness
And respect. Love by any other name, the most precious
Jewel of all, way beyond beautiful.
This is the heart of Bolton.
You don’t see the genius steeped in industry, as it toils
In the mills, as it changes the course of history, with
It’s innovation, its creative skills. And yet from this bowl
That runneth over, comes forth such a page of history, crammed
Pack full of stories the likes of which, became the foundations
Of all we now see. Education championed, slavery fought against
Abolished, fairly traded goods abound, the rights of women and
This is the soul of Bolton.
You don’t see the strength of character, from all the stories
In the news, nor do you see the depth of friendship, the way
Of hope the people choose. But it’s there all around you, in all
The faces that you see, that sense of freedom and of justice, that
Sense of peace, equality. A home for all faiths and none to come
Together, a place of refuge, of sanctuary. One Heart, One Soul,
Only One Bolton, side by side, One Family.
This is The Spirit of Bolton.
Written by Tracey Odessa Kane 30th October 2016 ©.
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