Spring 2019

HAFLS Share

‘I Was Sceptical…Boy I Was So Wrong’- Poetry Helping To Heal

Learners have just completed a Creative Writing course, run via The Living Room in Stevenage, a recovery centre for people with a range of addictions.

The resulting book of poetry written by the learners has provided an emotive insight into the feelings of the learners as they battle their addictions.

As one of the learners summarised, “I was sceptical as in the past I never thought this type of thing was for me. Boy I was so wrong! I loved expressing my feelings in a poem”.

With such incredible pieces of work, we look forward to sharing more poetry soon but in the meantime, here is one of the poems, written by Bobby.

….but

The silence is refreshing

            …but, it still leaves me wanting

So much love and forgiving

            …but, I am not in the land of the living

I need to stand with the people, laughing

            …but, who am I kidding, you must be joking

Together we will survive, keep on fighting, you know it is so uniting

            …but, all I want is the white powder lining

Breath in the fresh, your head needs clearing

            …but, all I can think of… where is my rizla for rolling

The stars in the night sky, you gaze at them, so sparkling

…but, I know when I close my eyes, the nightmares start happening

The aroma in the air, of families dining

            …but, all I desire is my bottle for slurping

Children play in the park, their faces are gleaming

            …but, all I can think of is my lifelong beatings

The excitement of the audience, at the theatre queueing

            …but, my own personal drama just keeps on unfolding

A couple on a bench, in love, they are embracing

            …but, all I think of, is my needle for shooting

Kin, by the graveside, all together kneeling

            ….but, I know when I die, there will be no one grieving

Together we stand, holding tight each other’s hand

            ….but, God please help me, I know you will understand

 Bobby

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