The V&A is poetry


I am lucky enough to be part of the National Writing Project (NWP) UK and this weekend we met up at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, London.  Such a history-drenched place and I was inspired to write a poem.  It’s about so many forgotten people, especially women, who aren’t included in our history books.

May She Not Be Lost

“Not kings, but historians rule the world” Proverbs, 19

Subsumed by deceit

Wandering discordantly


The tunnelling corridor calling to her

shoulders braced

chin elevated

No crown

just the weight of futility

Would they remember?

Coerced.  A secret burrowed

Fingers caressing the door

A diamond tear of agony

gliding to the inevitable

Green silk whispering

for silence

Not subservience

But strength

The crushing roped circle

she hopes will become a halo

Wrong now righted


No one would ever know

should ever know

Just know:

She did it for us.


2 responses to “The V&A is poetry

    • I wracked my brains when I got to the V&A – I don’t actually think I’ve been there before! Should be compulsory I think 🙂
      Glad you liked the post, hope you’re well xxx


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