To celebrate Black History Month SMM Library has run the yearly whole school Poetry Competition inspired by Black History. We have had a huge amount of entries and among many amazing works from students.
We are pleased to announce that the following poems;
“FROM WHAT I HEAR AND SEE” By Funanya Odu 11KMS
If I were to take out your heart,
Move all your organs away
And inspect it with a glass,
Would I find it missing pieces?
Eroded by the words they say.
I heard them calling you by the name
That they created years ago,
To refer to us as animals
And dehumanise our souls.
I heard them blowing up the alleyways
With guns in the dark of night,
Thinking no one would catch them
Though I fear their thoughts were right.
“Dark skins” are seen as problems
When we’re facing the worst issues,
Not even on the surface,
Do they see what it is that they accuse
Assume of us
As we are forced to stand in silence for them to choose
Make up stories of what never once
If I were to take out your brain
And look into your mind,
Inspect it for a day
Then I am sure I would find
A mind so brilliant, that I would question all the hate.
And why they say what they say.
“OTHER” By Eniola Oladimeji 10AOU
My posture remains calm and tranquil,
My thoughts and hands kept to myself,
I’ve done nothing at all to disturb you,
So why do you think the way that you do?
What makes me so “other”?
Is it the colour of my skin,
The tone of my voice,
The span of my hips,
The size of my lips,
The way that I walk,
The way that I talk?
Or is it the way that I move,
Run, skip, jump,
Just like every other kid?
You didn’t notice my smile,
My self control,
My ability to keep things in.
You didn’t notice my patience,
Or what I strive to be,
See the first thing you noticed about me is how “other” I am,
But I guess that’s just the way it is.
Both poems above are outstanding and therefore were selected as the winners of the 2021 BHM competition.
We would like to also highlight the wonderful poems from the students named below:
“Melanin” by Wladek Soroczynski 10AOU
“Remember me” by Ariel Thiga 7KHS
“Rosa Parks” by Caleb Owen 7KHS
Well done all!