Some poets went walking round the borough. Here’s a report: it’s pretty thorough


By - Thursday 21st July, 2016

They came, they saw… they didn’t quite scan. Mary Champion presents an event review like no other, as Croydon Poets Potager takes a rhyming tour of the town centre


Croydon Poets Potager is a group of local poets and poetry enthusiasts who take our inspiration from our town, its challenges, problems and beauties. As cranes fill the sky and Croydon town centre undergoes rapid change, we felt the time was right for a walking tour of the regeneration area, complete with home-grown poetry readings at key locations such as the former Allders department store, the Whitgift Centre and the almshouses.

So on Saturday 2nd July we met up at East Croydon station and off we went. Here’s what happened.

We all met at Costa
Determined to foster
Some interest in our Croydon rhymes.
Braved wild wind and water
Determined we oughta
Proceed with our poetic lines.

At the tall Saffron Tower
That sprang like a flower
Against a storm laden sky,
We listened delighted
As members recited
Their verses perceptive and wry.

Free verse or ballad
A very mixed salad
Of limericks, sonnets and odes,
Some praise and some panning,
Some imperfect scanning,
Yes, Croydon imbued all of those.

Allders inspired us.
Alms houses required us
To think about Croydon long gone.
Lunch at the Clocktower,
The park by tram power,
Then hours of poems and song.

There on the bandstand
A singer from Iceland
Was truly a joy to be heard.
All manner of rhymers,
Old hands and first timers,
Induced laughter and tears with their words.

If you want to find out more about Croydon Poets Potager, you can find us on Facebook. We’d be delighted to welcome new members, so please get in touch.

Mary Champion

Mary Champion

I am a retired local government officer and I live in Selsdon. I'm married with two children and four grandchildren and my hobbies include family history, reading, crosswords and poetry.

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