Classes continue this week.

Autumn Poetry Competition


The poem below imagines being a stone. Taking inspiration from the poem above, for the Autumn Poetry Competition, write a poem with the title, ‘Conker’. Imagine being a conker. The first line of your poem must begin with, ‘Go inside a conker’.


Submit poems to Mr Mahony on paper or by email by December 1st – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger's tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill—
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.

Charles Simic.