Overheard on a Saltmarsh by Harold Monro

Overheard on a Saltmarsh by Harold Monro can be such fun to read aloud. I experienced it while on training with The Reader Organisation and we all took turns putting on different and wildly entertaining voices for the two characters in the poem.

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I read this poem last week at care home for people suffering with dementia and we had a wonderful discussion from it. One lady picked up on the idea of greed immediately and even related it to her own feelings of desire for things that dont belong to her, as well as the feeling of owning something precious.

It is a comfort in a way. You can look at it and say, Its mine. Its mine. There is comfort in that.

Another lady went on to relate it to the big things she has wanted in her life:

A partner a really good looking fellow. And a nice place to come back to at the end of the day, to call home.

I was quite shocked to get all of that from a poem about a fight between a nymph and a goblin!

Overheard on a Saltmarsh

Nymph, nymph, what…

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About Carol Ross

Interested in therapeutic writing.
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2 Responses to Overheard on a Saltmarsh by Harold Monro

  1. Louise Hart says:

    This poem exemplifies my belief that, sometimes, simplicity of form masks complexity of ideas.

    • Carol Ross says:

      You’re so right Louise. I’ve found that sometimes the simplest poems can be the inspiration for lovely discussions and writing together. Carol.

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