From world-shifting crises abroad to major decisions and events taking place here in the UK, it’s no doubt been an overwhelming time. The task of creatively expressing our thoughts about such difficult times can often swallow our energy instead of fuelling it. That’s why we asked our readership to note down an emotional response to a current issue in no more than 5 lines. See them here!
By Lucy Fitzgerald
Horseshoe ends, hope and doom
Is indifference survival? tenderness only at home
Regression and delusion, we’re under the dome
Generational gap, seal it shut please
Coming up for air but we can’t breathe
We Refuse To Be Poor
By JJ Fadaka
Refute your subjugation.
Truthfully, tell me how you feel.
Before I noticed the pain
Peacekeepers kept me fooled.
By Olivia McGeachy
Hammering away is ma heart, telling me tae start
tae shout, tae find ma voice, use it, prove it
We’ve been had, they’ve got us aw proper mad
We’re screaming from oor screens, divided it seems
And ah’m sat here wondering whit it aw means
By Veronika Gikas
i wish for the day for the world
to be quiet.
but i know
on that day
we will have to scream.
Energy Bills to Rise by 80%
By Renite Gosal
woolly jumpers on stools, whispering dreams into morsels of reality
my girls hold it down – golden hearts, shield the green glow of greed
our shared words stitch wounds shut. re-process, speak, grieve, heal.
hearts radiating, we carry each other home from the pub to unheated flats
amber leaves fall around us, like the bodies of the freezing.