Jordan, 14, is school's poet laureate

A 14-year-old boy has become Old Buckenham High School's first poet laureate. Jordan Bailey's poem about Barack Obama and Martin Luther King clinched him the newly-created title which was awarded at the school's celebration of success assembly.

A 14-year-old boy has become Old Buckenham High School's first poet laureate.

Jordan Bailey's poem about Barack Obama and Martin Luther King clinched him the newly-created title which was awarded at the school's celebration of success assembly.

Teachers were asked to nominate one pupil who they felt would be able to make comments on national and international events through poetry.

The 20 nominees were invited to write a poem about an event in 2008 to be judged by governors and staff.


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Andrea Hassan, speaking on behalf of the school, said: “The standard was so high and we are all so proud of how much effort the pupils clearly put in.”

The winner of the poet laureate title will be required to write one poem each month to raise awareness of, and celebrate, special occasions.

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They will hold the title for the duration of 2009 and will then award their successor the title for 2010.

The title-holder will be presented with an engraved silver-plated notepad holder and shield.

Here is Jordan Bailey's poem entitled 'I have a dream'.

He had a dream in '63,

Believing he could change history

He matched, he spoke, he stood tall,

To make America fair for all

He wanted life to change for good,

For everyone, as it should

He marched to give his people rights,

So all God's children could unite

He brought his people's lives alight,

By showing America what was right

Marching to Washington with his people,

To make discrimination illegal

A man, a senator, a human so young

Waiting to become president so long,

2008 became his year

Where he stood tall, his vision clear

A man bringing hope to many,

Where before there seemed, not any

His strive to complete his ultimate goal,

To give America an eternal soul

A man of integrity

Trying to maintain equality

Uniting his people to one nation

Creating total integration

Two men, four decades divide,

Two dreams which now collide,

Martin and Barack there's no mystery

They both will be part of history.

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