Poetry written by 11-year-old George Michael is heartbreaking and impressive

Must See 26/04/2019

Two poems written by George Michael when he was just 11-years-old have resurfaced, and show just how talented the star was.

'Sounds in the Night' and 'The Story of a Horse' were written by George in 1974 when he was in primary school, and were kept out of the public eye for twenty years until George died in 2017. 

A schoolmate of George, Penny Ling, came across the poems written by Georgios Panayiotou, as he was known then, while she read through an old yearbook from the 70s.

Penny remembered George as an observant child who "absorbed everything", adding he was "quiet and studious" when he attended Roe Green Junior School in Kingsbury, north London where he was taught creative writing by teacher Ian Greenwood. 

Penny was a few years below George at school, but remembers playing games with him on their local estate. She recalled:

"The reason I remember him is he lived at the back of my best friend's house in Burnt Oak, London. She lived in a cul-de-sac and over the back was a bit of wasteland and sometimes we would play in the cul-de-sac if we needed a hard surface - George Michael joined in."

"We would play cowboys and indians, pogo-sticking - how long you could bounce on a stick without falling off - hopscotch, the usual kids games. I probably knew him from about six to nine years old, so he would have been nine to eleven roughly."

"I found him to be one of these people to be reasonably quiet and studious. He absorbed what was going on around him. He was not a flash person or didn't like to show off. He didn't stand out as been exceptional or different. He was just like the rest of us."

Penny is pictured with the yearbook below: