Voice Male

Poetry club for teenagers called Girl’s Room ( for girls) & Voice Male ( for boys)

Do you want to be connected to some contemporary poems based on the teenage experience? I invite you to comment on a poem that I have written based on my time talking to students. There are issue poems on matters of the heart, as well as everyday school, family and friendship topics. From bad experiences to good experiences, poetry can help keep you together. It can provide an opportunity to express your fears, concerns and joys. I hope you find these poems meaningful as they help to make sense of the world around you. Perhaps you can identify with one.

Good luck! If poetry is not your thing, then try writing down a simple diary entry. It’s not that hard to turn it around and make it a poem, not always rhyming of course!

Why Poetry?

We learn about our feelings. It helps us to understand ourselves. It’s creative when we can play with word pictures. As Robert Frost says, “Poetry begins as a lump in the throat.”Poetry can be written as a gift for others, or simply for ourselves. Poetry tingles, tantalises and torments you.

WELCOME TO THE POET’S PAGE WHERE YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE YOUR POEMS about issues and topics that concern you. Every month there will be some new poems written by mrs gibbs for you to read and comment on. You can contribute your own poem on something that interests you. Mrs Gibbs will also offer you a few writing tips to help you.

Voice Male - Boys Poetry Club

M.J. Gibbs

Bad School Day

I’m tired, dead tired
Walking to class
Left my assignment at home
Nearly missed the bus
Orders from teachers
Joe and me talk
His fight’s at home
No money to spend
His dad ranting and raving
Maths homework not finished

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Inspired?

Here are a few exercises to help get that creative brain working in the right direction for creative writting. See how you go, there are no right or wrong answers here. I would love to see what you can come up with!

Exercise One

  1.  Choose a picture, photo or postcard.
  2.  Write 6 words associated with this picture
  3.  Add colour and smell to the words.
  4. Read aloud your ideas. Brainstorm with a friend.
  5. Swap ideas and use the best response to start your poem.
  6. Have a go at writing a short poem (8 lines) with the picture image as the final line.

Exercise Two

  1. Cut out magazine/ newspaper headlines
    Arrange and cut up words
  2. Cut up the middle of a word and add to beginning
  3. Choose one letter eg M
    Now write a poem with M in the title

Have fun and see where it takes you!

Posts From the Girl's Room

M.J. Gibbs

I ride my Horse – Dedicated for Caitlin

Through the clean and salty air
I ride my horse
With the wing behind me
and the soothing sand on my horse’s hooves
I ride on.
The sound of the vast ocean,
the freedom in my hair;
the spell beneath my legs

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M.J. Gibbs

The Dancing Room (Especially for Caitlin)

Elegant space of limb and grace
Rhythmic poise and promise
with tunes so timeless ever flowing
the dances begin their warm up –
stretching, bending, twirling,
muscles moving like a shimmering moon
movement fast ; a spectacle of swaying and emotion
mysterious, joyful and surrendered.

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M.J. Gibbs

My Mum

You scared me when you were sick
So pale and tired in your bed
your cheeks without sunshine
your smile without beauty
Don’t leave me yet
Life seems too unfair without you
You are my mum
the one who knows me

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