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J.K. Rowling retweets a 15-year-old’s heart-wrenching poem

The poem has now been seen by thousands.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Mar 23, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 8:46 pm CDT

While many teens spend their formative years reading the work of J.K. Rowling, one teenager has the bragging rights to say the literary hero read his work instead.

Oxford, U.K. teacher Kate Clanchy shared a poem written by her 15-year-old student Louis on Twitter on Friday morning.

“The kids always write the best poems after they’ve stopped listening to me,” she wrote. “For example, I usually tell them to avoid rhyming couplets because they govern the poem and tend to be comic — but this has heavy rhyme, and it’s heartbreaking.”

Louis wrote a heart-wrenching poem about his absent father, called “When I Was A Kid I Waited.”

Rowling retweeted the poem to her millions of followers, which helped it go viral. It received more than 1,300 retweets and 6,600 likes along with dozens of comments from strangers who could relate to Louis’ poem.




Clanchy told Mashable that Louis wrote the poem during a number of workshops he attended for disadvantaged children in his year. She said Louis is “a bit surprised” by the huge response to his work but was happy to learn that he had become famous—even if only for just a day.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Mar 23, 2018, 4:43 pm CDT