Poem: ‘A Journey’
In October 2020 to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, people with lived experience of poverty across the country shared their original poetry. In this video, Angela Babb reads her poem ‘A Journey’.
We’ve all got somewhere to go
The bus is at a standstill
Everything is going downhill
Do we need to be trapped in this vicious cycle?
It seems that racism is still here
But people still turn a blind eye
Oblivious to what’s going on
Why do people judge us for the colour of our skin?
People should be judged by what they hold within.
The shock that people can still behave in this way
Is worse than the shock from a punch to the face
People should be treated as equals
No matter what colour, no matter what race.
You would have thought that we would be colour-blind by now
People have gone through so much and maintained their dignity
As did Rosa Parks
She stood for what she believed in
And got people to unite
To fight for what they believed in
I have so much admiration
And I know what I believe in
I believe in a journey that will justify an end to racism
I believe on this journey we can get there together.
With thanks to Dan Farley for video editing on behalf of the APLE Collective and to On Road Media and the London Challenge Poverty Week for supporting the event. The music in the video was composed and performed by Jason French.