Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

An Exceptional Place to Flourish


Responding to poetry

Responding to poetry

Grace Nichols - For Forest

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For Forest

Forest could keep secrets
Forest could keep secrets

Forest tune in every day
to watersound and birdsound
Forest letting her hair down
to the teeming creeping of her forest-ground

But Forest don't broadcast her business
no Forest cover her business down
from sky and fast-eye sun
and when night come
and darkness wrap her like a gown
Forest is a bad dream woman

Forest dreaming about mountain
and when earth was young
Forest dreaming of the caress of gold
Forest roosting with mysterious eldorado

and when howler monkey
wake her up with howl
Forest just stretch and stir
to a new day of sound

but coming back to secrets
Forest could keep secrets
Forest could keep secrets
And we must keep Forest

Rainforest ambient sound

Listen to the sound clip here, whilst looking at the pictures of a rainforest below.

Now that you've listened to and see a real rainforest, what do you think these words from the poem would sound like? Does it make you think of a rainforest too?






creeping of her forest-ground


What other sounds do you think you would hear? Wind? Trees rustling?