• The Organic Poet

Primary School Teaching @MsCodner

My first lesson was in seeing from a different height.

You taught me to look with my hands,

And to understand the seasons through the soles of my feet;

You trained me to be one with the immensity of a corridor

And to feel the wildness of a gust in my voice.

My second lesson was in hearing with a different breadth.

You taught me to listen with open eyes,

And to bless the rumblings of a distant train;

You showed me where to find the quiet gap in the fence

And to reroute my entire day for a tiny fly.

My final lesson was in feeling from a different depth.

You taught me to greet the rain with my tongue,

And that every line on the ground is a game to be played;

You showed me how to get lost in a pot full of soil

And to find joy in the naming of an acorn.

Poet's biography

Name: Alice Codner

Place of residence: London, England

Your favourite quote:

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what

makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman

Your one wish for the world:

That humans will learn to understand ourselves as part of and dependent on the natural world, and care for our habitat before any more creatures go extinct.

Where can we find out more about you:


A small bio about you:

I'm a primary school teacher and outdoor learning leader at Elsley Primary School, a local community school in London, where alongside class teaching, I facilitate the community to grow fruit and vegetables and keep chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and a rotation of larger farm animals on loan. I love losing myself in conversation, reading eco-theology books, singing folk music, painting, reading, and learning new skills. (And writing, obviously.)

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