These children need a lullaby
with soft and gentle petals wiping the dew
drops from their foreheads.
Crockery bones encased in ceramic skin
porcelain fingers grasp for tenderness
and are met with the rasp of metal scrapes.
When poetry is beautiful
These children’s cries are as real
as the richness of images it conjures –
Firework lights of bright flowers meeting joy
fill the sky and rain down like bullets.
Piercing screams and skin the same.
These children don’t need an anthem.
These children need a lullaby.
Bethan Rees is from Swindon, England, though is originally from Neath, Wales. She works full-time in admin and also studies an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She hopes to use this in the future to be a “less silent” poet! You’ll usually find her clinging to any spare time she has by napping with her super supportive partner and ancient, useless dog, Mitzie.