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Poetry in motion on local buses
By Gary Burgess
BBC Guernsey

Poets on a bus
To launch the new poems some of the poets read on a bus

Have you ever written a poem? I certainly had not before hearing about the Poetry On The Buses initiative from the Guernsey Arts Commission.

This was the third time they had done this and they invited islanders to write a poem on the theme of memory.

The best 33, as judged by a panel of experts and interested parties, were then put on show on each of the Island Coachways fleet.

I had a vested interest as I wrote one of the poems.

There were around 150 entries this time around, many from first time poets like myself, and it is a real privilege to be among those to be on show on Guernsey's buses.

I was struck by the age range of the successful poets, from a 10-year-old to somebody who would probably prefer we glossed over their age!

My poem came to me in a flash of inspiration when I heard the competition being mentioned on BBC Guernsey earlier this year.

He Said by Gary Burgess

He said he'd be home late from work,
But I was too busy to notice.
He said it had been a bad day at the office,
But I was too distracted to care.
He said he was feeling under the weather,
But I was too caught up in me to realise.
He said he loved me,
I never forgot that moment.

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