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The Poetry Share Group was set up in 2014 by Father Stan Gibzinski. Those who know Father Stan may not know that he is a poet and has contributed some beautiful poems to our group.
The Poetry Share Group meets every two months on Thursdays from 7pm in St Joseph's Church, 48 Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AH.
Every one is welcome. Each time we meet we chose a theme. In the past, we have shared poems on Silence and Solitude and Beginnings and Endings. This year 2015/16, we have been following the Year of Mercy and have shared poems related to - Opening the Door, Untying Knots, Pilgrimage, Extending Friendship, Reaching Out - The Outsider. To celebrate the end of the Year of Mercy we held our first recital on 10th November 2016. Supported by the Linwood Quartet and St Joseph's Choir, we presented an evening of poetry, some written by our own members. It was a very happy and holy evening. Thank you to all who joined us.
All are welcome. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 25 January 2018 at 7pm at St Joseph's: Theme: WAR POETRY (next one 15 March: PEACE). There will be the chance to hear some excerpts from Fran Morley's Creation Song Cycle performed by St Joseph's Choir.
If you have never been interested in poetry, but would like to find out more about it; please come.
If you don't want to contribute, but would like to sit and listen. That's fine; we'd love to meet you.
Our members bring poems, old and new, some written by themselves, many are written by others. We enjoy the well-known favourites and the work of new poets. At the end of each Poetry Share, we circulate a compilation of the poems presented for the group members. If you would like to find out more about the group, please do email
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Mike Greaves is a new member of the group. He admits that he was ambivalent about poetry initially. But after listening to the poems and sharing thought with other members, he is starting to realise and be inspired by the power of poetry.
Mike was walking down Bugle Street one morning when he saw the ribbons fluttering on the railing outside St Joseph's. They inspired him to stand for a few minutes and jot down his thoughts in a notebook. Later he turned these jottings into a pair of Haiku verses. (Haiku is a Japanese poetic construction of 5, 7 and 5 syllables in 3 lines of poetry)
Knots Haiku Mike Greaves February 2016
Knotted white ribbons,
Fluttering like seagulls' wings,
Tied to black railings
Worries, dreams and prayer
Rising heav'nwards on the wind
Knots to be undone
Do come and join us. You will be most welcome.