This is the Ms of the Globe poems written and read at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on 8th December 2016
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A Tale for the Winter
Participants Poets are from the CoolTan Arts.
All the poetry is done in the workshops of the CoolTan Arts for three months in advance.
The title “A Tale for the “Winter” is pun on the Shakespearean play “A Winter’s Tale”
Winter wind, winter wind
Thou art one of a kind
You come once a year
And put all of us in fear
Your whirl, your twirl and curl
Your ice cold sharp flow
Freezes us and away throw us
Walking in the garden blow us
This Green and Pleasant Land
Is no longer green
We are gripped in the white nightmare of winter
It’s time of the year where your fingers are frozen and noses are red
Jack Frost is hiding in the shadow,
December, oh what have you done to us?
Feeling cold, miserable too?
Hands are shaking,
Should be joyous time?
But now going blue!
Knew I shouldn’t have tried
To make a snowman!
In the state I’m in,
With my Doctor’s recommendations
Winter could be festive,
Winter should be fun
Not keeling over waiting for the ambulance to come?
I was freezing as a winter boy!
I didn’t even have a favourite toy,
I didn’t even know what winter was.
There was not heat for lack,
Or because, this thing came
Once in a year
And all it promised us was fear
After the stinging heat wave
In the tail end of the summer
Here come the icy cold fingers
When the streets are full of
Hurriedly walking away
Trying to escape from
The cold winter wind!
Clearly the weather is cold!
Will I think to make so bold?
The frost time is so bitter!
The snow lies down like litter
The day-lights are numbered and short!
And the weather cold, with us does sport!!
But then a lone birdie chirps
Flutters across through the darkness
A dog barks,
A child yells;
And as a ray of light punctures
The balloon of thick doomed darkness
Suddenly there are so many jolly human utterances!
Sun rays beam
Past dark clouds
A smiling face in the distance
“Touch is important in the cold!”
Two faces cheek to cheek!
Your breath leaves your body
And you can see it!
But what I hear
Is a winter song
In the crisp white bright sky;
Appearing in the depths of fluffy white clouds
“Rub my eyes!”
Can’t believe what I see
With a bottle of winter happiness!
Coming just for me!
Oh what a tonic!!
With some gin of course!
For winter wouldn’t be winter!
Without wind, song and snow!
And happy thoughts!
Winter is at the door now
Hollies and Ivies ever green
Welcome us with ever grin
SASHA: Winter cards!
CHARLIE: Winter games!
SASHA: Winter drinks!
CHARLIE: Winter foods!
SASHA: Winter parties!
CHARLIE: Winter Walks!
Winter in London is a beautiful time of year!
Tall buildings bright shining lights!
The Shard- a space age Christmas Tree without baubles!
The GPO Tower a stalagmite on the frozen ground!
A Time of excitement for children!
People wrapped in fur and wearing mittens!
Skating on the Thames
Whiles the ice thickens
Not the South Pole but Southwark!
You think winter has its drawback?
But there are times when it does not lack
It’s when people can have a happy time!
When the words of the poet can rhyme!
SASHA: Roast Turky!
CHARLIE: Roast potatoes!
GARY: Roast chestnuts!
BRIAN: Boiled sprouts!
SASHA: Boiled Carrots!
CHARLIE: And sizzling crackles!
BRIAN: Seasons spirit everywhere!
SASHA: All are in singings mood!
CHARLIE: Of noisy nights!
GARY: And silent nights!
BRIAN: Of bubbling joys!
SASHA: And Bubbling wine!
GARY: For Winter is coming
A Merry Winter to you!
And a Happy new year!