Our former poet laureate Molly, year 9 has written this wonderful poem, we hope you find it as moving as we do.
A Letter of Four Years
It’s been four years, and the world has changed.
Presidents elected, music written, riots started.
I’m not sure you’d want to see it now.
You might, but I doubt it.
I’m ashamed of what humans have done to our planet.
When I was a kid, you’d tell me to stand up for myself,
Fight for my beliefs, my dreams.
I like to think I’ve done my best,
But now most of my dreams are impossible,
Falling stars that burn my hands as I reach for them.
I’ve started anew, with new hobbies, new friends,
I’ve moved on from childhood.
The everyday tells me that the truth is built on lies,
And to have knowledge is to lose faith.
But I can never forget
The golden years of the past,
Where fairytales were real,
And smiles lit our faces like lanterns.
So even now as stories turn to ash,
And trees are felled in flaming forests,
And the world starts to crumble around me,
I will stand tall,
With love in my heart and laughter in my eyes.
It’s been four years,
And I’ve grown up from the child I was then.
I wish I had the power to grow down again,
But I can’t.
So I’ll try to make my world better instead.