Poetry and Hope (Fest)

Hi guys,

 
Last year I took part in a fantastic festival called Hope Fest (something that I blogged about at the time), the aim of which is to help all of the homeless people currently on the streets of Liverpool, get off them. Today, homelessness is still a huge issue in lots of other places as well as Liverpool, hence Hope Fest’s current expansions. It hit home a little more than usual today for some reason, so, I decided to write a poem about it. 

Failing
I see you in the bag
I pretend I don’t
but I do
I look the other way
can’t handle the truth, maybe
choking on sand
can I get any deeper?
you can see the stars
in the country!
remember?
no
you’ve forgotten
you don’t believe they shine
here in the city
plastic glow of street lamps
halfheartedly revealing
source of the screaming
racing towards you
Millie sighs
flashes her teeth and rolls her eyes
she’s asleep
couldn’t live without her
sorry
you’re the ones we’ve failed
you’re the ones we should have bailed
out of the dark
of an ice cream bite
but heaven on earth is a ten hour drive
and here in hell
it’s cold and it rains
just not enough to put out the flames
I try and do what I can to help homeless people but it is not nearly enough. Anna, you are an inspiration and I thank you for all the hard work you are doing to make a change. I endeavour to do the same. 
 
If you have any spare time/money/resources then the Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool is always looking. Hope Fest are never ones to turn down volunteers and I’m sure a quick google can send you in the right direction for your city should you wish to do so. 
 
Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a lovely morning/day/night, wherever in the world you are. Peace and love, Charlotte xx 

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