Poems

Below are a selection of poems and short stories we have been asked to share.

ACHING HEART by Jackie McCartney

For as long as I can remember My heart has ached It has been heavy It has hurt It has ...
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PROMISE by Jackie McCartney

You promised me a better life You promised me it would be better You promised me I would be cared ...
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4745 DAYS AS A CHILD OF THE STATE by Jackie McCartney

4745 days of being abused 4745 days of being beaten 4745 days of being neglected 4745 days of hearing you’re ...
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THE CHOSEN ONE by Jackie McCartney

The door is ajar The light shines through The shadow is looking in The big heavy steps on the floor ...
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OPEN BOXES by Jackie McCartney

Once you open the box the memories flood out Once you open the box you recall the nightmares Once you ...
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LATE AT NIGHT by Jackie McCartney

Jackie McCartney is a care experienced adult, mother of two successful adult children and a caregiver who attended Your Life ...
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Secrets and Lies by Amanda Knowles

We know you are out there hidden in the ranks Bestowed with fancy titles that camouflage disgrace You are fugitives ...
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FORGOTTEN by Tasmin Trevorrow-Earl

FORGOTTEN Like a refugee in his own landA land that has forgotten himThe care child wanders with no hand…To hold ...
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HAPPY CAFE – a short story by David Anderson

One day, Jamie asked himself what it was he liked about this little café. He wondered why he’d never asked ...
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A Caregivers Lament

Care fails too many it is true Fob off letters prove Words on barren wasteland fell Policy dictated Wrong doers ...
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The Not Normal Normal by David Anderson

‘Fuck you’ he screamed ‘Is that right son,’ replied the man sardonically ‘Fucking right it’s right, you ugly fat bastard’ ...
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Define us… by Taz Trevorrow

Written and narrated by Taz Trevorrow, this spoken word piece talks about lives stolen by and lost through drug addiction ...
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The Panel Hearing by David Anderson

Plush carpet versus plimsole shoes Large antique desk and me in short trews Crew cut hair and snotty nose Scabby ...
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National Poetry Day 3 October 2019

The theme is TRUTH…. It was my duty to report but I could Not foresee When whistleblowing met closed ranks ...
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My Care Family

Different yet the same Individual and unique Voices shared by many Empower and embrace Respect for one another Sharing our ...
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Forgive me if I wonder

Children in Need Would that be all our children or just those that deserve and who decides? I wonder…. Does ...
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To The Boy

To The Boy To the boy whose cheeks burnt with tears… Sissy Nancy Boy Big Girls Blouse He who’s not ...
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NOT ME

Ambushed by legal contract Designed to silence justice Costly courtroom battles Truth publicly corrupted. A battle plan that failed Evidence ...
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EVERYTHING YOU TOOK by David Jackson

When I was young, and you were old, your child abuse was brave and bold. Bereft of warmth, harsh and ...
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Hey Miss by Saira-Jayne

Hey Miss, will you ever notice what’s going on, because you come to our house, you’re here five minutes then ...
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NOT FORGOTTEN by Amanda Knowles MBE

“OMG… I’ve finally tracked you down” Your timely words seemed meant to be But you could not have known How ...
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FEEL by David Jackson

‪Feel I won’t feel the loss of losing mum and dad, Nor being told ‘don’t worry, it’s not that bad’ ...
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ITS OKAY TO BE SAD by Ian Ackley of the Save Association

I’ve got holes in my underwear, and in my socks too, t-shirts deodorant stained, and the soles of my shoes ...
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We are Different but we are One

We came from different places, different people, different faces; from the roots of different beginnings, different trees. We walked on ...
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