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National Poetry Day - Poems on Freedom

The students were asked to write a poem on 'Freedom' in celebration of National Poetry Day

The English Department held a poetry competition and the two winning poets received a book in formtime. 

Freedom Now 

Widely known and has never been seen,

Constricted to the same cycle of life,

The moment we start existing,

We are given a role, a number,

You do not know truly why the caged bird sings.

We are told by our leaders on what to believe,

Gripped by society’s rage and definitions,

Bought by our electrical children,

If you ever tried to climb the bars,

You too would know how it’s like to fall,

Catching only a glimpse of freedom,

Only to be hauled back in line,

Reminded of the mere, controlled human you are,

With this freedom now

-Doreen Poakwa

 

A Cry for Freedom

F - Fright it

R – Recover yourself

E – Examine your conscience

E – Exterminate the courses

D – Determine new ideas

O – Originate new ideas

M – Motivate yourself to move on

 

In the cool of the evening,

I looked through windows,

From the 8th floor Victorian house,

I can see the raving of the cars and

The alarming of the police van and some gentle

Music and a long queue of traffic choking the street.

 

Gazing through the sky around  9pm winter time all was dark and quiet.

I can see the police van diverted into my building’s parking lot.

Hmm I wonder! What is going on? Hackney; Hackney

Here we go again, a young man is taken away by the policeman but he was struggling and screaming,

Free me! Free me!!

Officer free me!!! Please!!!

I am innocent! I am innocent!! I am innocent!!!

But no one to help, he was taken away.

The passers by, the motor bike, the families all staring in shock.

Freedom was taken away from Him.

Oh no! I soliloquise who will set him free?

Then a thought came through to my mine that he needed to

F - Fright it

R – Recover yourself

E – Examine your conscience

E – Exerminate the courses

D – Determine new ideas

O – Originate new ideas

M – Motivate yourself to move on

 

I want to break free from slavery, “He said”,

I want to be free from racism; and

I want to be free from pain; and

I want to be free from inequality.

Freedom is priceless

Those who have it, don’t know the worth until they loose it.

Then I realised what freedom is.

- Winifred Samuel