Winner of our Windrush Day 2022 Poetry Shoutout

Windrush Day Poetry Poster by Malachi Anderson
Winner of our Windrush Day 2022 Poetry Shoutout
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The overall winner is Demi Creavalle aged 8 from London. Judges thought the winning entry conveyed the aspirations of the Caribbean migrants and historical context of the period.   

We would like to thank all poets for taking the time to submit their writing and hope that they will do so again. We enjoyed reading them all.

The overall winner is Demi Creavalle aged 8 from London. Judges thought the winning entry conveyed the aspirations of the Caribbean migrants and historical context of the period.   

We would like to thank all poets for taking the time to submit their writing and hope that they will do so again. We enjoyed reading them all.

The Windrush Generation - Pioneers by Demi Creavalle, Age 8


They came from the Caribbean to England
On the big boat ‘Windrush’
Invited by England to rebuild the cities after the Great War
They waved their goodbyes
Packed their lives and hopes into suitcases
Off they went to the ‘Mother Country’.
Some people were nurses
Some were soldiers, some were builders
When they arrived, some English people were rude
They didn’t like the brown skinned Caribbean people
They didn’t want them there
‘Go back home’ they said.
The Caribbean people stuck together
Taking care of each other even though it was rainy and gloomy
They worked hard and long to make England great again
On the buses, in the hospitals, in the factories, the mines
They missed their family, their friends
They missed the sunny smiles and tropical heat
But they never gave up
They settled down in the new country
Rebuilding the country, their lives, their culture
They were brave, they were strong
They were Pioneers
They were the ‘Windrush Generation’.

 

Runners Up 

 

A New Start by Simone Woodrow London (44)

No more stepdad. No more boarding school

I’ll be with my Daddy in Hingland 

Heveryting  will be cool

 

I cyant believe it so cold

Thank God for Mummy and this soft warm coat

Protection from rain

Protection from pain

Why oh why must they call me those names

 

Fast forward and the Sun has come

Blessings come with daughters

And with sons

And I see they belong

 

Never backwards, I return forwards and see that beautiful place. 

Jamaica home forever 

Britainia thanks but never. 

 

If the Windrush Children in My Class by Cotty Vicary: Basildon, Essex (8)

My life is safe and calm in the UK.
Windrush children's lives would be hard and difficult.
I hope they return to normal life as before.

If the windrush children in my class,
I want to know -
How hard life is during war.
How long is the journey by ship to the UK?
Is everyone in the family and friends safe?
How did you spend time on the ship?
Do you miss your home country?

After hearing the answer to the questions,
I will hug them and comfort them. 

We all have the same right to live safely.
There are no borders to make friends.