13 October 2017

Nationwide’s poem of the month for October

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 Victoria White. Her world and community are deeply embedded in the local Rugby club that she proudly supports. This comes across nicely in a cheeky tribute to her husband and the other veteran players in the rugby community, that we’re sure would appreciate the humour!

'The Veteran Player' by Victoria White

Head down low as he moves towards the floor,
Arms stretched ready to engage,
Sights firmly fixed on the task to complete,
Stay focused now, there is no time to rage.

Blood pumping fast through primed arteries,
Sweat starts to trickle down his face,
He reaches and pushes as hard as he can go,
A triumph about to embrace.

And striving with pride,
'Cause he is a mighty Vet,
Came the wife from downstairs,
"Have you got your socks on yet!?"

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

This poem is the fourth in our series of monthly poems, July’s was ‘Picturesque Land’ by Julian Amos, August’s was ‘Help at Hand’ by Gordon Dee, and September’s was 'When I want good help today' by Nick Matthews.

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