Creating Poems

As part of the project, young people got the chance to do a lyricism session with Liam Kritikal Powers. Liam taught the group ways to construct poems before together we wrote a list of rhyming words we could use in the poems. This is called Stacking Bars and it helps when it comes to writing.

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Once we had created lots of rhyming words, the group started to write their own poems about emotions associated with the care journey.

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The group really enjoyed working with Liam and exploring writing styles and structure. Here are the groups powerful finished poems…

Care

I’m falling down, down a well, about to hit the waters,

14 years ago my mum said goodbye to her sons and daughters,

It taught us life is not a race, I can be as slow as a tortoise.

I know I’m not strong, I may break down,

It’s like I’m an old sock in lost and found,

But I wont frown.

I’m going to build my life bigger and tall,

Sometimes it feels like a suicide mission,

And I’m about to fall.

But then something happened to me,

I got a new family, they gave me love, care,

And by God they were fair.

I lived good with them, until I was 15,

It turned obscene,

I said to my new mum, “why you crying, mum give me the answer”,

At the age of 38 she had developed Cancer.

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I always feel so uncertain,

My life hit a diversion,

All this pain all this hurting,

A one time version.

My aggression held the confession,

Of a broken time that I had never spoken,

I was beating and cheating and sneaking astray,

I wouldn’t dare share my fear of obsession,

And oppression that I felt,

Life is a lesson of a never ending session,

Finding a profession of something I hate.

I had been taken, awakened from a dream,

Taken abroad like a football team,

Hurting, I was alerting the curtain of trust,

Surviving this token, the drive was a must.

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I want to feel safe

My face doesn’t even show an expression,

Everyone tells me I’ve got depression,

It’s only because I’m in care,

But nobody seems to be there,

I keep moving from stranger to stranger,

Am I in some sort of danger?

I’m sick of having to think things twice,

I want to feel safe in my life.

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I wouldn’t dare

I’m in care, I wouldn’t dare,

It’s like being stuck in a box, square,

Feel like no one cares,

I’m stuck around strangers,

I start to think about all the dangers,

I wish I could say see you later,

Now I have an obsession,

I need to admit my confessions,

I have so much aggression,

I have learnt many life lessons,

But now I want to set an impression,

Something that will last forever.

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Open Book

Sometimes life is good in care,

But at first it gave me a scare,

I did not know why I was there,

Sometimes I feel it’s just not fair.

Once my feelings had been spoken,

And I realised I wasn’t broken,

I used to show no emotion,

But now the pages of my book are open.

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Fight it

I get told I’m going into care,

Everyone looks and starts to glare,

I get in the car, tears roll down my face,

My heart is beating, it starts to race.

The car starts moving, my hand starts to wave,

I now feel as if I am trapped in a cave,

My stomach turns, what if I don’t like it?

I’m strong inside, I will have to fight it.

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Progression

When I got brought into care, I did not dare,

To talk about anything, but we did many things,

I showed no expression, made a lot of progression,

Now I want to share, I am standing there,

With nothing but a chair.

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On the edge

From the age of 10, my life was broken,

And all of my possessions were rudely taken,

Always trying, but end up bleeding,

Watching others cope I think they’re cheating.
Wanting to talk to someone because I feel I have depression,

But people say, I just do it for attention,

Losing everything, feeling really bare,

Never really thought that I would end up in care.

Got people saying I need to make a good impression,

But all I am getting is constant aggression,

Walking on the edge with nowhere to hide,

Thinking of taking my life, but at least I can say I tried.
My only friend is a strong piece of rope,

Not sure how long I can carry on like this, not sure how I can cope,

With everything that’s been said I’m really hurting,

Just want to hide from it all behind a huge curtain.

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The group created some powerful poems, excerpts of which may be used in the booklet we produce, along side the story shaped by the group and written by Paolo Hewitt.

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