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    Competition Shortlisted Entry: I Would Like To Live In A Place...

    Competition Shortlisted Entry: I Would Like To Live In A Place...

    Rotherham Flourish present a brilliant group poem, describing the kind of world they would like to live in.

    I’d like to live in a place

    where home breathes beyond our walls

    A shared garden where seeds are planted by all

    I’d like to live in a place with open space, and trees that grow

    horizons that widen with potentials of people we come to know,

     

    I’d like to live in a place safe and secure with my own space

    to laugh and cry, to be low or high, to be me,

    I’d like to live in a place where people give a rose

    to someone they have never met before,

     

    Somewhere people are friendly and stigma isn’t in the community

    somewhere to live in harmony,

    but there are borders where I am stopped and checked for ‘normality’

    I want to find an antidote to this hostility

    I would like to start a mission and end this attrition

    you want my inclusion? Then I send this to you,

    I am not ‘voiceless’–I am articulate–

    but do you listen?

     

    I’d like to live in a place where people are understanding

    and happy to engage, without saying a thing

    they show openness at every stage

    they are kind and caring and listen to you

    where you start sharing and they share too

     

    I’d like to live in a place that’s free from a compulsory race

    not grabbing a chance, or being forced to dance

    to a tune that’s lacking in grace

    Yes, I’d like to live in a place where I can move at a much slower pace

    so please be still.

     

    I want to live in a place where children grow up understanding

    that they can talk about the things that worry them

    where schools teach the problems of mental health

    where they experience compassion

    and learn to embrace the difference

    where they learn not to be afraid of someone

    who is sitting on a park bench crying

    I want ‘mental health’ OUT OF THE CUBBOARD

    Open the door!

    Let it out!

    Come with whatever you want,

    a cry,

    a shout,

    with a song!

    Let your madness believe in my madness.

     

    By: Tom. Terry, Pam, Gene, Juliet, Robert, Julie, and Noushin

    Rotherham Flourish group

     

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