Teen Spirit spoken word workshop – a poem

Posted on: 18th January 2017

Last Saturday we held January’s Teen Spirit workshop for teenagers affected by HIV. One of the aims of the Teen Spirit programme is to give young people the confidence to express themselves in a supportive and understanding environment, thereby enhancing their self-esteem.

We were lucky to have Dean Atta, master of the spoken word and author of the collection I Am Nobody’s Nigger, run a workshop for our members exploring expressions of identity, belonging and history. This is a poem written by one of our members in the course of the session:


I come from a once loving family

Where love is dictated by success

I come from losing wars

With scars to tell the tale

I come from constant pressure

Mountains weighing on my chest

I come from my school

Where every day is a test

I come from a single coin

Of which love and hate seem to join

I come from an open perspective with a narrow mind

Of which my past is left behind

I come from the edge of infinity

Where chaos seems to reign

This is me

I came from there and it’s all the same


The member who wrote and performed this poem is 16 years of age, and has been coming to Body & Soul for nearly ten years.


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