Create #2: The Village Remembered

By Dean Parkin

Think of a place you know or knew well in your village – house, shop, church, park, road or building. Imagine all the memories that the place would have. Here’s six questions about those memories to answer in a sentence (no one word answers!). By putting your responses together, line-by-line, you will create a poem about that special place.

As an example, I am thinking of my old village shop and have provided my answers to each question below.

  1. Something about the morning in the place
    Each morning the ‘Open’ sign is turned by Iris
  2. A person the place knows or knew and why
    The first customer is always Tom, for his tobacco and EDP
  3. A list of three things that are in that place or used to be there
    Crusty uncut loaves, stacks of corned beef tins and the last sausage roll
  4. Something that happens/happened there regularly
    Iris peddling fast down the road, arriving late back from lunch
  5. A question asked in that place
    Can I have a plastic bag? 10p! They were free not long back!
  6. The end of the day in that place
    At 5.29 Iris locks the door, flips the sign to ‘Closed’.

Activity Guide

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The Village Stores
Each morning the ‘Open’ sign is turned by Iris
The first customer is always Tom, for his tobacco and EDP
Crusty uncut loaves, stacks of corned beef tins and the last sausage roll
Iris peddling fast down the road, arriving late back from lunch
Can I have a plastic bag? 10p! They were free not long back!
At 5.29 Iris locks the door, flips the sign to ‘Closed’.

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