Heathrow Celebrates Easter Season With Whimsical Poetry Slam
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Heathrow officials, well aware of the century we are in and how stressed you are during this time of year, are unveiling plans for the perfect kind of entertainment for people running from security checks to their gate that is issued at the last second: poetry.
In what sounds like a perfect idea, Heathrow will feature various poetry areas where families can gather to hear the soothing sounds of measured meter coming through the speakers.
And for anyone within shouting distance, you can hear so many other wonderful sounds: “Honey, we have to go. Why are you and the kids stopping and smiling? Our gate is 15 minutes away!”
The website states, “Some of the UK’s literary favourites Michael Rosen, Danny Wallace, MG Leonard and Laura Dockrill, have written unique new poems, inspired by holidays and brimming with tales of far flung lands and exciting adventures and recorded them exclusively for Heathrow.”
According to the website, poems can be heard in special locations across terminals. The sounds will be relegated to the area directly under these poem-spewing speakers.
Head on over to that particular website and you can see and hear more on the initiative. The actual poems are presented in audio just a couple clicks away.
One particularly whimsical poem is that by Danny Wallace called “Heathroad”:
“LHR to RIO
Or LAX or TYO
Or GLA or JFK
Through air and land to S.E.A.
My friend once flew to C LA
He came back tanned and A OK
His mum, she went to WET
She flew straight home C.O.L.D.
You sit you fly you catch some Z’s
In Zanzibar or ZZV
So Y not board and U will C
That’s how you get from A to B”
You can listen to the audio of this poem here.
Adding to an already cool initiative, the airport will also accept young amateurs’ take on poetry as well. If you are under 16, you can submit your masterwork to email@example.com.
It’s all to celebrate the Easter season, which will be so much more enjoyable thanks to Heathrow’s poetry slam.
Still, don’t linger too long. This airport loves to announce gates at the last second, presumably to infuse some exercise prior to departure.
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