​Poet Henry Inspired by Exmoor’s Dark Skies | King's Hall School Taunton

​Poet Henry Inspired by Exmoor’s Dark Skies

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This month, our Year 7 pupils entered the Exmoor Dark Skies poetry competition and we are delighted to report that, out of the 300 entries the competition received, King’s Hall pupil Henry Earp was awarded third place.

The competition invites those of all ages to write a poem inspired by Exmoor’s dark skies, whether it’s the peace and tranquillity, the delight of seeing constellations, the Milky Way and shooting stars, or simply just enjoying the darkness and the sounds of wildlife.

Henry’s poem, ‘On Top of the Exmoor Chains’, reads:

The odour of harvest apples, a chill on my face;
The rubble of the path below me.

The amber moon shining an orange blanket
Of tranquil over the pines.
Pin pricks pierce the barricade of black
From the celestial other side.

Stars are a misty swarm of fireflies,
Burning bright, light years away
I wonder how many. Where are they? Who lives there?

Shooting stars. Are they planes, satellites or aliens?
I feel small. Space is so big.

The trickle of the stream and its golden glisten guides me.
A single bleat from a sheep carries over the hill.
The hubbub of the birds and insects. Gone.
Silent, so silent.

As a reward for his success, he received a Sunday Afternoons glow in the dark beanie hat and a Dark Skies goodie bag – perfect prizes for further Exmoor explorations! Well done, Henry!

Published on: Monday, December 17, 2018

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