Category Archives: Poetry to Power Change

Giving Gives Back

Recently I’ve penned a poem for the Small Charities Coalition, as part of the #LondonGivesBack Campaign to encourage Londoners to make regular donations to help keep small charities. You can see the film of the poem by Neck of the Woods films here

It’s not easy to think of others

When your whole world feels under attack.

But being generous is empowering –

Giving, gives back.


We’re all learning a new way of living,

We don’t want to be misunderstood.

Kindness and compassion has its own rewards,

Giving makes us feel good.


We pick up the pieces of broken lives

Gently put them back in place.

We are the voice of the unseen and unheard

Of every age and race.


We restore confidence and self esteem,

To the traumatised girl and boy

With care and support and friendship,

We re-introduce them to joy.


Our charities must keep on working

It’s imperative that they do.

Whether or not that is possible

Depends on me and you.


Nows the time to give back to society

When things are really tough.

Your money will make a big difference

To those who haven’t got enough


We are strong, we are resilient.

We are the can do, the will do.

We can make our society better…

Compassionate and true.


Help us shape the future,

Support the work we do

Together we can make a change…

It’s up to you.


London is a thriving city

Community is at its very heart

It embraces our dramas and our dreams

Its here for us to take part


For National Poetry Day 2020

Poetry is my lover,

Politics is my wife.

Pleasing them is the driving force,

That governs my job and my life.


Though not an easy option,

It’s a privilege and a thrill.

Pushing Art to its limit,

To help change a Law, or Bill.


Poetry has a resonance,

It reaches out to us all.

Challenges, inspires and amuses,

It holds us in its thrall.


Art can make a difference,

In the way we think and act.

Express the things we need to say,

Make Equality and Justice fact.

The National Health Service

It is at our beginning, and at our end.

It delivers us from suffering and pain.

Reassure us when we’re frail and frightened,

We trust it to make us well again.


Staff work long hours for low wages.

Because they are people who care.

They know the importance of kindness,

Of knowledge; experience, of just being there.


The N. H. S. is underfunded,

But it mustn’t give up the fight.

It’s the jewel in the crown of our kingdom,

The thing that is just, and good, and right.


It’s always there when we need it,

Prioritizing each individual’s health.

We must not allow this service to falter,

Or be stolen by political stealth.


So thank you to the nurses,

The doctors, the staff and volunteers

Who make our world a better place

May your legacy continue for many more years.


Remember the London Nail Bomb Attacks?

3 bombs over 3 consecutive April weekends.

Each bomb packed with a thousand nails

Each explosion wounding, maiming…murderous.


Its aim was to incite fear and hatred

In Afro-Caribbean, Bangladeshi and LGBT places.

Targeting people just going about their business.

Ordinary, extraordinary people, like you and me.


In Brixton, people were shopping,

Thinking about what to cook for dinner.

Popping out, to pick up a paper.

Chatting in the street with a neighbour.


In Brick Lane, people were relaxing.

Eating dinner in local restaurants.

Planning their family’s weekend.

Repairing their car.


In Soho, people were Celebrating.

Having a drink en route to the Theatre.

Meeting up for the start of the weekend.

Hanging out, in a safe Gay space.


We commemorate those unfortunate people

In the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The shocked, injured, wounded, dying.

Who showed great fortitude and courage


Those bombs incited acts of individual heroism.

Kindness and generosity between strangers

A public outcry of outrage and horror

Immediate, professional support.


Our diverse Communities enrich society

We were not. Are not. Will not ever be

Diminished by hatred and evil

We stand united in our humanity, and love.