One of our wonderful Trustees, Valerie Smith, has been enjoying being part of this creative group, funded by the Community Foundation and in collaboration with equal arts. The group have been working with writer Ceinwin Haydon and visual artist Michael Davies exploring creativity while challenging the misconceptions of ageing. This February they exhibited their work at the Shipley Art Gallery and together the group created an A to Z highlighting the benefits of being creative and how it can support people to live well.
Valerie shared one of her poems with us (which she also performed at the event):
The Old Potato
I was born from a
shoot on an old potato
I then grew an enormous size
I was shown at many a vegetable show
even painted and dressed in disguise.
One day I was dressed as a pirate,
I would only see out of one eye.
The next as a ballet dancer in a tutu
and tiara so tight it made me cry.
By now my skin was becoming wrinkly,
they said I would not win a prize,
But I would make a fine pan of chips.
So here I am, sizzling in hot fat.
I have lived and served as an ornament
now I am to feed some guy.
So, think of your lonely potato
and shed a tear of regret.
You did not appreciate all that I gave,
and the fact that we never met.
By Valerie Smith
I have written this poem very quickly
Because I am old and often forget.
So I scribble when I remember,
I hope you forgive and forget???