Laura’s poem ‘A POWERFUL FORCE’ was selected from over 1800 entries in the NASUWT creative writing section of the National ‘ARTS and MINDS’ competition.
Mere vibrations in the atmosphere,
A snapshot into the mind of another.
A masterpiece crafted in air
Most will be lost in space and time
Forgotten by the few who did hear
Some will remain forever,
They will awe,
They will inspire,
They will be taught,
They will be treasured.
But others will do far, far worse.
They can box you in,
Surround you in labels,
Leave you wondering who you really are.
They can be uttered in seconds
But torment for a lifetime
Ingrained into our consciousness
Woven into our dreams
They can force us together
Or pull us apart,
Because of how we look
Or the way we act
They can define us,
Or tear us to pieces
No shield or armour or shelter
Can protect us from their destruction
The cuts they make may never heal.
They can strike anywhere
In an office, in a street, in a playground
“You’re a freak,” They say
“You’re an idiot”
“You’re a mistake”
“a waste of space”
“a piece of dirt”
But how powerful can words really be,
When no number of words can describe
just how incredible an individual is?