Jack

 

Sport makes me happy,

 

it keeps me in check,

 

without sport

 

I think i’d be a wreck

 

Oh yes in a right jock

 

Is what I would be

 

Sport is important

 

for my mental security

 

It makes me feel happy

 

helps me steer clear of sadness

 

Relief from stress and worry

 

And all the world’s badness

 


Taylor

 

There’s always that one kid

 

Who gets told what to do

 

Pushed into the lockers

 

Gets rumours spread about them

 

Gets called names

 

They feel lonely

 

They feel like they have nobody

 

There is always that one kid

 

Who thinks they’re better than everyone else

 

The one who spreads those rumours

 

Who pushes that one kid into the locker

 

You get to choose what kid you want to be.

 

Be the right one

 


Lara

 

It’s those nasty little comments

 

Walking past me on the street

 

It’s the slagging and jeering

 

Making me stare at my feet

 

Looking me up and down at a party

 

That makes me feel aware

 

Make a wrong move

 

You’ll catch me with your stare

 

Why even bother like

 

going out of your way

 

Everytime to bring up the past

 

Without a doubt everyday

 

I couldn’t be arsed like

 

you’re nobody to me.

 

But a little stain on my top or a

 

Rat on the street

 

Grow up and move on

 

Like everyone else

 

You’re wasting your time

 

You’re a head melt.

 


Geena

 

Love is death and death is love

 

Sometimes the things you love most

 

Need to die

 

A family member, a relationship, a friend, a pen, a song The feeling of belonging.

 

When the time comes for things to die

 

There will always be a reminder of what things cost For the thing you loved that died

 

A new thing will emerge and you will grow to love it too But that thing will die, and you’ll miss it everyday.

 


Ben

 

Three days a week is when I see you

 

In your blue van for the smallest time

 

Twenty minutes of your day

 

You ask why I’m not full of chat

 

Because you drop me off and that is that.

 

You tell me we can go for a game of pool

 

But you’ve never come through,

 

Always leaving me with an excuse,

 

Always leaving me at the front door in the rain

 

Till I see you again for the next training.

 


Darragh

 

Friendship can be love

 

friendship can be hate

 

When you love a friend ye feel

 

Ah yeah,

 

There’s me mate,

 

Ye can be part of someone else,

 

Feel you’ve made

 

An impact.

 

Make them afraid to love ye

 

Or to never give them hate

 

But when that friendship breaks,

 

You might not cry, cause you’ll

 

Say to yourself they’re just being fucking sly.

 

You may even spread a lie,

 

But when you see no-one

 

That really cares, you go

 

Back to that friend and

 

Say you’ll always be there.

 


Warren

 

Friends and family

 

I love with all my heart,

 

It’s something you can’t buy.

 

It’s something not everyone has

 

But it is something special to people’s hearts.

 

So those who have it

 

Love it with all your heart

 


Anon

 

Home from school everyday

 

The same shit each way

 

Being bullied was a common thing for me

 

As a young child everywhere

 

Being fat, being annoying,

 

clothes I wore you name it.

 

But there was hope

 

just like for anyone else

 

I wanted to change not for looks

 

For my dignity

 

I loved lots of things when I was young

 

But there was one sport

 

There was one football

 

People just say “oh it’s only a sport”

 

For people like me this is life.

 

This sport gives us the courage to

 

Speak out and improve

 

on what we have.

 

The amount of things

 

I have learned from this “only sport”.

 

Passion, courage, opinion,

 

understanding, improvement.

 

This is football.

 


Oscar

 

The Driver

 

Nothing angers me so much as myself

 

For I  believe I am destined for greatness, not just rest

 

He judges people for things he is guilty of himself

 

And because of that paranoia does not help

 

One finds it hard to make the decision about oneself Is one a walking contradiction or a beating chest

 


Finn

 

The things we say

 

Stay the same

 

Never think to make a change

 

For fear of judgement from the world

 

Where right is right and wrong is wrong

 

And there’s nothing in between

 

And to take a stand and speak your mind

 

Is a crime in the public eye

 


Georgina

 

Family and friends

 

You love and you lose

 

The best times don’t come as easy as

 

You choose

 

You love and you cherish

 

Some more than others

 

But at the end of

 

The day

 

They’re here to stay.

 


Ellen

 

Free class in the main hall

 

Collected early

 

Received an urgent call

 

Greeted at Crumlin

 

By the stench of grief

 

Chloe’s mother collapses

 

at my feet

 

Curtain is drawn

 

there you lay

 

Tubes surrounding your

 

Frail frame

 

Nurses surround me

 

I say goodbye

 

Full of regret

 

I cry

 

Sam

 

Arriving at the airport it still feels surreal

 

2 years in the making and it’s finally here

 

But two weeks has passed, it’s time to go home

 

The first hug is giving and here comes the lump in your throat.

 

You reach the last goodbye and you can’t keep it in

 

You go through the gate and wave that very last goodbye Arriving at the airport it still feels surreal

 

2 years in the making and it’s actually done.

 


Sean

 

I have eleven cousins

 

But two I never see

 

Because they live in Tokyo

 

Off across the sea

 

I saw one once, when I was 9

 

And he was only three

 

But ever since then they’ve been gone

 

Off across the sea.

 


Aoife

 

are people who are always there

 

Even when they make you want to pull out your hair From love to anger frustration and more

 

They’ll always be there when you need them the most.

 

Although some friend groups may always change.

 

There’ll always be a bond that no one can break.

 


Hollie

Tea and Toast

 

Every Saturday morning sitting side by side

 

With the telly on watching Tom and Jerry

 

You constantly asking me which is which

 

Completely in the zone, only you and me

 

Forget about the world it’s only you and me

 

I’ll never forget the day you left

 

You took a part of me

 

You’ll always be my Nanna Kelly

 

Who likes toast and tea

 

And sitting side by side watching the telly.