Poems

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

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

Detriment would silence me

That individuals entrusted to

Prevent harm

Courting vested interest

Would fail to raise alarm

As I reflect on experience

Justice denied

Determination rises in me

It’s time to set aside

Fear that forces compliance to

Silence TRUTH

Designed without a qualm for

Victims of epidemic abuse

We have the strength to

Defeat injustice

Stories shared will validate

Abuse that was corrupted

Then our amplified voices

Will influence

Change needed

To prevent future offence

So, we can live in hope

Of no more trauma

Suffered from the consequence

Of power inflicted drama

Amanda Knowles MBE

September 2018

My Care Family

Different yet the same

Individual and unique

Voices shared by many

Empower and embrace

Respect for one another

Sharing our humanity

Inspiring never tiring

Together we will

Yield peace in society

 

Amanda Knowles MBE

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 the child who refuses to go to school and face the bullies deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child born addicted to heroin deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who self-harms deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who witnesses domestic violence at home every day deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who is beaten and chastised at home deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who is repeatedly raped by adults deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who is sexually exploited by a carer deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the hungry child who gets caught shoplifting deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who robs to support a drug habit deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who runs drugs for the drug dealers deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who killed the family pet deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who lit the fatal fire deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who abducted, tortured and killed deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the child who killed their abuser deserve help?

I wonder….

Does the 8year old child who feels safer in the gang, armed with knives and guns, dealing drugs to belong, waiting for promotion to a higher order deserve help? 

These are all our children…… Forgive me if I wonder….

 

Amanda Knowles MBE

16th November 2018