The Land of Blue

Across the valley, it waits for you,
a place they call The Land of Blue.

It’s far and near, it’s strange yet known -
and in this land, you’ll feel alone,
you might feel tears roll down your cheek,
you might feel wobbly, weary, weak.

I know this won’t sound fun to you -
it’s not - this is The Land of Blue.
It’s blue - not gold or tangerine,
it’s dark - not light, not bright or clean.

It’s blue - and when you leave, you'll see
the crackly branches of the tree,
the golden skies, the purring cat,
the piercing eyes, the feathered hat
and all the other things that come
when you escape from feeling glum.

Across the valley, it waits for you,
a place they call The Land of Blue
and going there will help you know
how others feel when they feel low.


Published in A Poem for Every Day of the Year, 
edited by Allie Esiri. Also featured on 
BBC Radio 6 Music and The Pool. 

If you want to hear more about the writing 
process behind The Land of Blue, please 
have a listen.
The Land of Blue