Wild Bill Balding

Rookie (12 June 1961 / London)

Wild Bill Balding
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Of Welsh descent, Bill Thomas is currently a teacher of Religious Studies, History & Astronomy at Tewkesbury School in Gloucestershire, UK. As well as writing & performing poetry, in his spare time he takes pictures of postboxes & plays Subbuteo (flick-to-kick table soccer) . He is married, with two stepchildren & a permanent puzzled expression while trying to look for things that were there just a moment ago. more »

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  • Yvonne Rautenbach (7/16/2008 9:29:00 AM)

    Strange but if anyone had asked me age 7 what I wanted to be I might have said 'a crayon' and I still tend to add an embellishment and a bit of colour to absolutely everything! I am not sure you liked the boy who wanted to be a crayon but I think he was possibly the one with the lateral thinking. What did he grow up to be?
    Thought provoking.

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Best Poem of Wild Bill Balding

Sophie Goes To School

I let you go into the world,
launched with a kiss from my body's lips;
the cord was cut by alien hands,
and you were part of me no longer,
yet forever part of me.

I let you go in little ways,
to my parents, to the crèche,
to Sunday School, the nursery,
each painful - but not like today,
as I let you go once more,
straw-hatted, red-blazered,
a 5-year-old parody of an air hostess,
tripping across the tarmac square,
soaring up the schoolroom steps,
to that place where others will teach you
things that I have never known,
where ...

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