On Friday 9th November, in Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, United Kingdom, we welcomed Donna Worthington who led Rudiments (Year 8) pupils in spiritual creative writing workshops; taking inspiration from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Windhover”. This visit coincided with the Stonyhurst Literary Festival at the College.
The children used objects and images from nature and the Stonyhurst Collections (finding God in all things) to stimulate their writing.
The children showed real potential with their poetry writing which was skillfully revealed by Donna (faith-filled in themselves and in the beauty of God’s creation).
Fluttering like a windswept leaf
The fire-orange streaks
Across the sky
Stopping for only the best of flowers
Its road tonight.
A thousand hairs
Warmth and security
Snow white to miserable grey
An elf’s shield
Makes goblins feel depressed
Give it rest
Colour of angels
Smooth and unique
Who would be frightened
Infests this thing
This silver pearl
Spiral Sea shell
I see the shell
Warm and shiny
Varieties of colours shining at me
The whooshing of the sea sounds in my ear
Like a staircase leading me to somewhere unknown
It captivates me
Sending me to places long forgotten