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!