A poem for Buildings in Need
There is Poetry in the Walls
Never stop listening to the tales, that are recorded in the walls.
Stories trapped in brick, that ache to be told.
Slithers of epics that breathe from out of gates and guildhalls.
All past kisses and their hopes gathered in.
Conserve every detail, as though sweeping off dust from a jewel.
Buildings can be demolished like love pacts.
Scrubbed away, one day strong like the ground beneath, then-
scratched from the view, without a slab to see.
Look up at edifices till the sky bleeds into every aspect, bring to light-
the possibilities that beat from within.
Understand that even hollow spaces are not empty, just uncharted prospects.
Look down and you will not see the same old street,
instead a platform where markets bustled and brimmed with traders and town subjects.
Look closer and there are masterclasses,
Where lions fight unicorns and kings from centuries sit above, watching.
Treat the heart of the city as though it was indeed your own,crystallised
Appreciate its jagged curves and doors.
Delight in its finery, the nuts and bolts which make it peculiar and prized.
There is poetry in the walls and you must listen harder to hear it,
stare closer to see it, become aware that-
The buildings that surround you need a champion to stop and recgonise.
By Keely Mills
June 19th 2012
Keely Mills was the Poet Laureate of Peterborough for 2009, meaning she has studied an apprenticeship in how to advocate and support the cracking poetry scene both locally and nationally. She has performed at many different events from the Houses of Parliament, festivals like Transeuropa and Village Green to her favourite gigs which are WI luncheons.
Keely is a creative producer who previously organised ‘Speakeasy’ along with Mark Grist, which was one of Peterborough’s and the UK’s premiere poetry nights. She is now co-producing with an arts collective called Blok, a new venture called ‘Verbal Remedies’ which will again support poetry and arts talent from across the UK by creating an imaginative showcase for them and the audience involved. She is also an experienced lecturer and leader and has facilitated different workshops from poetry to compereing skills, most notably she worked with Fermywoods Contemporary Arts to create with a group of ten year olds, some signs for an extensive art project, that were so coveted by the public that they were stealing them.
Keely’s poetry style has been described as ‘Dawn French on acid’ and ‘the pick and mix at Woolworths’ with a style more Richard Pryor than Pam Ayres.
By day, Keely works as project manager for Platform Peterborough, which is part of Eastern Angles theatre co and also as a freelance creative producer, all in all a busy lady.