The Voices Israel Group of Poets

in English

Our Constitution

Lovingly created by Wendy and David Blumfield

The task of the Acting Chairman

Is to prepare a Constitution

Of the Voices Poets' Society

For the proceeds of this Institution.

The group meets but once a month -

On a Tuesday, 7:30 at night,

Poets travel from far and wide

With their poems, to give delight.

To give due attention to every effort

Each poet may read no more than two.

Critique should be fairly given, and remember

That many words can be replaced by few.

There are poets who are softly spoken

And their voices can hardly be heard,

But their opinions are equally of value

And we should pay attention to each word.

The language of Voices is English -

Not Latin, French, Hebrew or Greek;

In critique and discussion, one Tuesday each month

It is only English we speak.

For poets who've travelled from far and wide

We serve hot tea and something sweet,

Without clattering cups, or crunching of crumbs:

Serving of victuals should be discreet.

A membership fee is paid every year

And for that we make no apology:

It pays for some quality workshops

And the annual world-famous Anthology.

One evening a month of poetry good cheer,

Some laughter, some tears and even some groans;

And there's one more thing to remember:

Turn off those telephones!