When I changed the story

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.

When I changed the story

When I change the story
I’ll re-write it in my own voice
Free from guilt and peer pressure
And done with my own choice

I cannot change the beginning
As it’s been written, set fast in stone
But how I make the ending
Will be for me and me alone

I will not be persuaded
By the words of another’s say
My mind will not be invaded
I’ll do it, in my own way