Ahead of White Ribbon Day 2023, we held ‘Writing into Recovery’ poetry workshops as part of our Wellbeing Service with women. The classes focused on writing poetry as a path towards ownership, discovery and transformation led by poet Penny Hughes, using this year’s White Ribbon Day theme, #ChangeTheStory. The poems featured in a trail around Stapleford to mark White Ribbon Day.
This poem was written by participant, Kirsty.
I’ve transformed immensely inside my own shell
As my story is constantly re-writing itself
I’ve faced some hardships which are now part of me
But I will not let them become all that I be
I’ve grown a new perspective in my journey through time
And try to live a life that is all mine
I’ve seen the dangers that the world can bring
But I won’t let them beat me, I won’t let them win
I’ve gathered information and made my own choice
While not forgetting that others also have a voice.
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