09 August 2017

Nationwide’s poem of the month for August

At Nationwide, we believe it’s important that our members speak up for what matters to them. It’s a vital part of building society together. And it’s one of the inspirations behind our latest TV advertising campaign.

We also love to hear from budding poets or writers that have been inspired to share their own poems with us. So each month, we’ll bring you a new example of the many poems we’ve received.

The poem featured this month is from Gordon Dee and is called "Help at Hand". It’s a lovely thank you to his neighbours, and an illustration of how just looking out for the people that live around you can be so rewarding for the community as a whole.

Help at Hand by Gordon Dee

On either side of our home,
We have nothing to fear.
Cos we all try hard to POSITIVE think,
Each day throughout the year.

Our neighbours are there for us,
Just as we are here for them.
It's just a question of asking for help
Each one is a real gem.

In every community, no matter where
'Twould be great if we all agreed,
In hamlet, village, city or town
To be helpful, whatever the need.

So our heroes live on either side,
Upon them, and at the double
If a problem occurs, and they can help
Nothing is too much trouble.

They want to help, and give their time,
And it's given with a smile,
So thank you one and all for help
Re-assurance is worthwhile.

So to Jim, Debs, Marg and Dave,
A great big THANKS TO YOU,
Whether it's happy or sad, borrow or lend,
You're wonderful and that's true!

We’d love to read more of your poems. If you have something that you’d like to share about your community, please send it to voices@nationwide.co.uk and we might feature it on the website.

This poem is the second in our series of monthly poems, July's was ‘Picturesque Land’ by Julian Amos.

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