Lois (KS3 Poet Laureate)
'It is the people no one can imagine anything of
who do the things no one can imagine.'
Turing was a genius and Turing was a hero
But if I'm neither one, it does not make me zero
Alan Turing's pardon comes 60 years too late
Our country showed him no love then, just hate
By branding him a criminal, they sealed his fate
So excuse me if I choose not to celebrate
No mercy for a World War Two peacekeeper
Computer pioneer and top-secret code breaker
All this overshadowed by his sexuality
In 1952 he was convicted for homosexuality
Kyle (KS4 Poet Laureate)
To fit the Times:
To fit the times we roll the dice,
We cuff our sleeves, folded collars on shirts
Entering the gates through the cleanest dirts
Of a saturated education yet we scatter like mice.
To fit the times, there is a change,
Not the cuffs on our sleeves, not the ivory
Collars on our shirts. We have no added glory,
No added shame, just the change of a name
Not the bricks or building, the titled frame.
To fit the times, we welcome Turing,
No change to the cuffs on our sleeves or
The collars on our shirts, the ties on our necks or the lessons we bore.
The change of a name, no support in
Our future aspirations, just tilted italics in lavish appreciation.
To fit the times, we still roll the dice,
We still cuff our sleeves, we still collar our shirts.
We still enter the gates with swarming swirling serpents in the dirt.
Snipping and snapping our ankles, and still we run like mice.