Her cheeks carry the imprint of diamonds,
Where she pushed her face to see.
What life would be like beyond that fence,
To be welcomed in the land of the free.
Dusty hands grip tight, a heart still full of hope,
Unshed tears make her chin wobble, but determination helps her cope.
She gazes at the fancy dresses the boats being used for fun …
Not to escape in … or for the winds to take their Mum.
People on the other side, oblivious to her watching, or the sadness that it brings.
Play happily in the sunshine, The only diamonds they know, are set in lovers rings.
The photograph (with permission, on loan from Diane Hartnell)
On attending one of the fabulous workshops at the Theatre Royal Bury Saint Edmunds. We were challenged to use pictures as a starting point, to twist the scene and produce a piece of performance for a show called ‘The Other ends.’
The poem above ‘Diamonds,’ is my response. Performed at the Bury arts festival on 19th June. Our group will be on stage between 11am and 12 noon, where we will be accompanied by two choirs and when all the ‘Other Ends’ will be showcased.
I would love to know “have you pushed the boundaries of comfort and put yourself on the stage, if so how did it go?” Leave a comment I just love to chat.