Selected Poems of Gervase Phinn

Poetry Index


Gervase Phinn (born 27 December 1946 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire) is an English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside. He has published five volumes of autobiography, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children's literature and literacy and is widely known as a lively and entertaining speaker. His official web site is (Source: Wikipedia)


List of Poems


Class Discussion

"In the class discussion, Jane, you hardly said a word.
We all aired our opinions but from you we rarely heard.
You sat and stared in silence surrounded by the chatter,
Now tell me, Jane, and please be plain,
Is there anything the matter?"

Jane looked up and then she spoke,
Her voice was clear and low:
"There are many people in this world
Who are rather quiet you know!"


Creative Writing

My story on Monday began:
  Mountainous seas crashed on the cliffs,
  And the desolate land grew wetter ...
The teacher wrote a little note: Remember the capital letter!

My poem on Tuesday began:
  Red tongues of fire,
  Licked higher and higher
  From smoking Etna's top ...
The teacher wrote a little note: Where is your full stop?

My story on Wednesday began:
  Through the lonely, pine-scented wood
  There twists a hidden path ...
The teacher wrote a little note: Start a paragraph!

My poem on Thursday began:
  The trembling child,
  Eyes dark and wild,
  Frozen midst the fighting ...
The teacher wrote a little note: Take care - untidy writing!

My story on Friday began:
  The boxer bruised and bloody lay,
  His eye half closed and swollen ...
The teacher wrote a little note: Use a semi-colon!

Next Monday my story will begin:
  Once upon a time...


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