John Siddique is a spiritual teacher, poet, essayist and author. He is the author of Full Blood, Recital – An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, and The Prize. His poetry collection Don’t Wear It On Your Head is a perennial favourite with younger readers. He is the co-author of the story/memoir Four Fathers. His poems, essays and articles have featured in Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, The Rialto and on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. John is the former British Council Writer-in-Residence at California State University - Los Angeles, and he holds the title of Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at Leicester University.
Orpheus As A Child
Everything is bright to his eyes.
Each sound is music, whether it is
He loves raindrops falling into puddles,
Rocky outcrops and tree silhouettes
The sun reminds him of his father,
He dances in rainstorms, dances with the thunder,
The loneliest hills surrounding his early life
Using his difference to learn about people,
Daring in friendship and love, though he is told
He spent his days thus, and spends his moments