Arthur Rank Hospice celebrates National Poetry Day 2020

  • 8 October 2020

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National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry. This year the event took place on Thursday 1st October and colleagues at Arthur Rank Hospice were keen to get involved. Dozens of them took a welcome break from the fast pace of their daily lives to share their favourite poem with colleagues.

We have selected a few for you to enjoy:

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in

my heart) I am never without it (anywhere

I go you go, my dear, and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

I fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life, which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

By E. E Cummings and chosen by our Day Therapy Administrator, Brooke Bond


Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of

the world

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of

the world. All things break. And all things

can be mended. Not with time,

as they say, but with intention. So go.

Love intentionally, extravagantly,

unconditionally. The broken world waits

in darkness for the light that is you.

By L. R. Knost and chosen by our Director of Fundraising & Communications, Donna Talbot


Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.

Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity. In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.

By Maya Angelou an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist which we are delighted to share in Black History Month.

Many colleagues, visitors and supporters have expressed their appreciation of the poems being shared both internally and on display in the Hospice’s Bistro.

Events Officer at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Angeline Liles responded:

“Thanks for making a thing of poetry this week… I’m loving reading people’s submissions and am a big believer in the good that poetry can do for our wellbeing. Grateful for your efforts bringing it to the fore”.

Colleagues at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will continue to enjoy poetry and plans are already in place to celebrate World Poetry Day on the 21st March 2021.