Noble Peace

A poem dedicated to Isobel. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust had this brilliant idea to pair local poetry enthusiasts with school children. Each would give the other a poetic challenge and then some of the poems would be performed during the 2018 Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festiva1 at the Black Box Poetry event on 23rd June. Isobel’s challenge was to write a poem about peace and science. I remembered reading about how Nobel received thousands of hate letters after inventing Dynamite and so this Villanelle was born:-

My path to wealth is through my dynamite.
I didn’t understand what I had done.
The world should look for peace it shouldn’t fight.

It seemed to me that it was good and right
To make explosives helping quarrymen
My path to wealth is through my dynamite

And then the people took up pens to write
About how bad explosives were for all
The world should look for peace it shouldn’t fight.

I knew that what these people wrote was right
I’d find a way to make my peace with them
My path to wealth is through my dynamite

I wondered if a global peace prize might
Atone for all the harm that I have wrought
My path to wealth is through my dynamite
The world should look for peace it shouldn’t fight.


If you would like to hear me reading this poem then click  here alternatively you might feel your time is better spent looking at pictures of butterflies, if so click here!!

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