Edith Piaf

I was asked to write a poem about Edith Piaf the French singer who sang during the second world war ect… This I suppose was the first time I have been commissioned to write a poem and I found it easier than I thought. Before when I went through a phase of entering competitions I found it hard to write something in the time frame on a given subject or in a given form. If it was an open competition I tended to do quiet well but if not I handed in the lamest things ever.

But Edith’s life was so full of the extraordinary that I had the shape of a poem before I had even finished reading all the information about her!

Plus I think thanks to attending poetry events and taking part in the poetry challenges such as WoPoWriMo and NaPoWriMo I am beginning to be able to polish poems in a far shorter time span than before. I hope they are still of the same sort of quality. It’s not that there are more poems being written by me its just there’s more on subjects I am willing to share. Mind due the subjects I am willing to share has increased as well!

The other thing about this poem was that I read it out to a room of mostly elderly people who were there for the music – the organiser was worried when I showed her it as it contains words like Hoar but I refused to take them out and the reaction of the audience told me I had made the right decision. Even the singer was asking for a copy of it!

I am probably going to be reading it out at a few similiar events at other points in the year too which is exciting (at least for me!).

Posted: Monday, April 19th, 2010 @ 8:19 pm
Categories: Poems.
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