Longlisted Poem 2014

Megan Griffiths

Ysgol Aberconwy, Conwy

Open your eyes

I first realised
Something was wrong
When Channel  5 spent
thirty minutes discussing
a TV show,
While people drowned in
the streets,
human rights betrayed.
celebrities mean more to teens
then kids their own age.

15 year old Mala
gave birth, a choice
she never had
in the back of an alley.
“I know you want it”
the national anthem of youth,
and rape was crowned
a grand thing
when pop stars
spread it across You Tube.

7 year old Emanuel
had the holy light
burned out of him.
old men have
wandering hands,
but nobody knew
because an actor
had a twitter war
that made Sky news.

19 year old Christopher
gave his life fighting
for a country that
doesn’t seem to care.
the topic wasn’t given the
seal of approval by some millionaire.

And I discovered
how uneducated our
generation appeared to be
on matters of
great importance.
they were not broadcast
live on TV.
© Megan Griffiths

Project Details

  • Date February 10, 2015
  • Tags 2014 News - Longlisted Poems