Poems to share


A worm ate words. I thought that wonderfully
Strange – a miracle – when they told me a crawling
Insect had swallowed noble songs,
A night-time thief had stolen writing
So famous, so weighty. But the bug was foolish
Still, thought its belly was full of thought.

(10th Century – translated from Old English by Michael Alexander)

Michael Alexander (Translator)

National Poetry Day Ambassador Matt Goodfellow says...
"I’ve loved this poem for many years: messages in the poem - and the belly of the worm!"

Matthew Goodfellow is a poet and primary school teacher from Manchester. His poems have been published in magazines and anthologies worldwide. Matt’s high-energy performances and workshops have delighted, excited and enthused thousands of children (and adults!) in schools, libraries and bookshops across the UK.