This poem was written in response to the story ‘The Calypsonians of Ramsgate’ from Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning by Maggie Harris. It was read as part of the 7 Tales, 7 Poems, 7 Days and Nights events at the Canterbury Festival 2012. Read the poem below. or download Chris Hobday poem as a pdf.
Going for a song
If life was something you could breathe in and sing,
the world would be all a-tune and fine,
one long party from the crash of birth’s cymbal
to the coda’s brittle rattle and fade-out
that would, in the verses, teach the rest about
what lay behind each eye, each face, each symbol
and what truth was hidden there, between each line,
and every chorus would be open till two in the morning.