As part of the current series of posts giving voice to different members of the Body & Soul community, we turn to a poetic intern: Hiba has been one of the casework and advocacy interns at Body & Soul since October, helping members with a range of practical difficulties and liaising with professionals such as social workers and lawyers. To mark her final day at Body & Soul, she wrote a poem summing up her experience.
Body & Soul and my journey here
began as an addition to my career –
yes, my interest to help humans was strong,
but selfishness is inevitable
when it’s no longer deemed wrong.
I came in with a toolkit, that was quiet empty
ready to solve problems and ensure that there’s equity
with little knowledge of the system’s negative perpetuity.
So one thing you can say that I’ve learnt
is that when you don’t know how to work things
you become frustrated and hurt at your failure to exert
your potential and your intelligence that is stuck within.
Multilingual members, dismissed and hidden
hard workers with the capability to match any CEO
oppressed by poverty and their money hungry foe,
castrated by a system
that discourages social mobility
implementing a regime that prizes financial stability.
Health, love, friendships and community,
that doesn’t matter because you don’t have financial immunity.
Your heart, mind and body feel stalked
by the Home Office, debt collectors and those f—– landlords that resort
to threats that leave a person scared and without a place to call home,
a dome where they can find comfort without fear of answering the phone.
But being here together as a community
helping those with our affluent buoyancy
brings hope and fight to one’s life –
just telling them ‘they don’t have that right’
will bring light into their dark night.
Body & Soul has only pushed me further into what I want to do,
to learn more and pursue the degree that I’ve recently been reluctant to commit to.
But now with a practical understanding of the law
it has shown me the power to go on.
It has also motivated me to continue on
to help the vulnerable and those who have been wronged
so my next stop will be CAB and NCDV
to brush up on my legal skills and help those practically.
Although I will not save humanity alone
I would like help fix and condone the broken road
so thank you, Body & Soul, for motivating me to pursue
something that was out of my comfort zone.