Poetry at Work Day 2018

Posted on
11 January 2018

We were lucky to have a poetry reading by Alison Hartley to celebrate Poetry at Work Day, and she has shared her poems with us for those of us who couldn't make it to Grundy Day Centre on the day.

The Journey by Alison Hartley

Back in My Day by Alison Hartley

Blessings by Alison Hartley

We've also picked out three poems which we feel show the true face of care work and of working well as a team.  What do you think?

Are you, or do you know a budding poet?  We'd love to hear your own poems too - you can send them to us here.

Click on the poets' names to see the original articles.

 

You never asked me by Sharon Scarlett, Dignity Champion & Service Manager at Pembroke House

I lived in a 'bin' for most of my days
Away from the world, out of public gaze
You fed me, you bathed me and put me to bed
And while you were doing it nothing was said

You never asked me if I wanted to play
If I wanted to sing, if I wanted to pray
You never asked me to come into town
If I was happy or feeling down

Treated the same as a table or chair
An object, as if I weren't there.
And lo and behold everything changed
No one asked me - was already arranged

Come to our world you do have the right
Live beside us - but keep out of sight

You have to be normal
And do what we do
You mustn't look different
You mustn't be you

You never asked me where I wanted to live
In a house, in a flat or even who with
The old days are gone and life will be good
You will be treated the way that you should

So I got a new bedroom and painted it blue
It's not like the bin, it's bright and it's new
And the staff came along as they knew me so well
Different walls, different views
Same staff, same hell

You never asked me 'what would you like to eat?'
You never asked me 'would you like your tea sweet?'
You never asked me 'would you like to go out?'
You only got cross when I started to shout

And you gave me a label that said I was bad
And you gave me some pills that made me feel mad
And you locked up the kitchen so I couldn't choose
And you bought nice things that I couldn't use
And you sat in my chair, used my TV remote
And my life only existed in the notes that you wrote

Cornflakes for breakfast, two sugars in tea
A shower in the morning, a baths not for me
Knock on the door when you come to my room
Don't just open it, don't just assume
Open the wardrobe and show me my clothes
Ugh! baggy old trousers, I won't wear those

Cornflakes for breakfast, two sugars in tea
A shower in the morning, a baths not for me
Knock on the door when you come to my room
Don't just open it, don't just assume
Open the wardrobe and show me my clothes
Ugh! baggy old trousers, I won't wear those

Cornflakes for breakfast, two sugars in tea
A shower in the morning, a baths not for me
Knock on the door when you come to my room
Don't just open it, don't just assume
Open the wardrobe and show me my clothes
Ugh! baggy old trousers, I won't wear those

I'd like to make lunch, a soup or a stew
Then sit down and eat it, join me too?
I'm not very good but I'm sure we can try
Please can you teach me and explain to me why
And when I come home at the end of the day
I need someone to talk to, listen to what I say
I might go to bed or sit up for a while
Please keep me company, please make me smile.

I want all the things that you have in your life
A home, a job, maybe a wife
I want to have friends and have fun and a laugh
I can't do this without paid staff
But that doesn't mean I value you less
I need your support, please care and invest In me

We're not different
We're the same you see
I've always known
But you never asked me

 

We All Are One, Who Are Now As A Team by OrindaTheNatural

We all are one
Who are now as a team
And we all work together
Whether hidden or seen

We all share our talents
That‘s what man is made for
Plus the tricks up our sleeves
That brings us personal high score

As we’re working together
We are now building trust
And we chime in when needed
Whether maybe or must

As we’re open for reaching
And we’re open to share
We’ve all now come together
As true people who care

We are now building a team
And expanding much more
Maybe someday we’ll even
Have expanded shoreline to shore

As we’re building our trust
And we all know we care
We can now do great things
That before, we wouldn’t dare

As we keep reaching further
And we’re all heart to heart
We’ve all now become one…….
All the way from ending……… back through our start

 

The Care Assistant's Lament by englishlady7

I'm a hard up care assistant,
caring is what I do.
If you come into my care home,
then I will care for you.

I'll help you with your bathing
and assist you to get dressed.
I'll struggle getting on your clothes,
trying to make you look your best.

I'll break your fall, if you keel over
(health & safety willing!)
and help you eat, if you're not able.
I'll clear up little accidents
and bin stale food, left on the table.

I won't retaliate, when you thump me,
or if you kick me on the shin.
I won't swear back when you curse me,
as you can't help the state you're in.

I'll document your care plan,
with all the relevant information.
I should have been a nurse, methinks.
Alas, I've missed my true vocation