I saw the following poem, by Celise Mclean, displayed outside Yankee's Hair Salon in Hounslow High Street. I think it deserves a wider audience, don't you?


Before you pick up the knife, seriously think twice before you make your brother lose his life with a swing of a knife.

Is it worth it, do you feel like a big man when you really could have dropped the knife after thinking twice.

Put down the knife because instead of taking a life you saved a life.

A real man talks through his problems, your friends may laugh but at least you're on the right path.

Too many young soldiers are needlessly dying how does it make you feel to watch a family mum, dad, aunt, brother, sister crying.

Too much bloodshed, too many tears a young soldier killing.

A young soldier, for what, just to serve years? Young soldiers wake up unite, stand tall and proud.

Use all that negativity, and flip it into some creativity.

Drop the knife drop the gun you know it isn't fun burying a loved one.

Let the tongue replace the gun let the knives stop destroying lives.

Young soldiers stand up and be a man because you know you can.

LEONIE BURKE High Street, Hounslow.