The Power of Poetry

The Power of poetry.


Lemn Sissay MBE. http://


This morning I was blown away by the interview of Lemn Sissay on BBC 1 Breakfast talk show.

Lemn Sissay MBE Poet, Performer and Broadcaster gave a powerful interview that made me sit up and take note.

I don’t mind admitting to each and every one of you that I had never heard of this remarkable man until quite by chance while enjoying my morning tea when he was interviewed by Naga Munchetty and Dan Walker.

The way that he spoke about his life journey and the need he felt to express himself through poetry was powerful and inspiring.

I have known from the age of seven that the written word can have a healing effect on the mind, both conscious and subconscious. I have used this power of healing myself through the writing of my own poetry and fiction.

Poetry attempts to tell the truth, to express our feelings using incredible imagery. It comes from the back of our minds, pushing forwards towards the light.

As I listened to him talking about the work he does, raising awareness of the benefits of the spoken word and poetry to vulnerable children and young adults in the care system; I felt humbled.

Even more so when the following statistics were announced about our broken care system:

Out of a group of seven children they were placed into forty different care situations and had an unbelievable seventy different Social Workers.

How can this be? I ask myself.