HERE at Harlington Community School, we have been busy raising money for Children in Need, with non-uniform days and other activities.
One of our year nine students, Karina Kabir, wrote an excellent poem which I thought had particular relevance. I was so impressed with the imagery and emotional understanding of the plight of children living in poverty.
I hope your readers enjoy it.
I Can Be The Heroine
Their silence is the noisiest, The noise is music to our ears The calamity is just a mere flick, Barely touching our hearts, As their worlds fall apart.
As I digest the horrors of their world, I think to myself: 'I'm just a girl!' Oblivious to the fact that I may be The heroine that they need.
I can nourish them with tranquillity, And return what we've snatched, piece by piece.
They can be whole; a completed puzzle.
Like a jigsaw, I can rebuild their lives.
Ah, what the hell?
I'm not a heroine, this isn't a comic But how I wish it was How I wish this thing they call 'life' Was a sick fantasy A tainted dream.
Besides every hero needs a sidekick! Like Daredevil needs Elektra
Like Iceman needs Rogue Like Batman needs Robin Like your fat kid needs cake
He bites like Eve biting that apple As somewhere he can hear the rumbling Rumbling like an earthquake Spreading like a volcano As their children submerge in water
I need a battery as I am powerless Like them, no electricity flows through my circuits I'm asking you, my brothers and sisters Let's rescue them. Let's save them.
JACKIE GREEN Harlington Community School