I wrote this poem to enter into the poetry category of the Amnesty International Youth Awards. It took me a long time to write the poem I really wanted to enter, like, five hours and eight attempts. Not to mention discussing it with and receiving advice from various people, such as my Mum, Dad and friend Ollie.
In the end I was just honest with myself and wrote a poem based on my own experience. Here it goes:
Every morning I get up and light my candle,
in the midst of darkness it can be seen for miles.
My candle shines freedom, beams truth and radiates justice.
My candle makes a difference.
Sometimes my candle burns strong and bright,
but other times a slight breeze makes it dwindle.
Sometimes a gust of wind blows it out completely,
but I always relight it and nurture it back to life.
When ever my candle does start to dim,
I remind myself of all those who need me,
who may otherwise feel alone.
I don’t want to let them down.
I look around me and see all the people who are like me,
feel the same passion as me,
a passion for humanity.
And I feel bound together with all those who desire to keep their candles alight.
So I smile to myself and continue to shine.
“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”