What is this about?

For 24 hours, we are inviting migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make.
Whatever your nationality and place of origin; wherever you live and work, join us and make your contribution. How can you do this?

Sheffield is choosing to celebrate through a poetry-a-thon, we are asking you to share poems that sums up your story or the positive impact migrants make! We would like to share these poems on the 20th February 2017. Let’s get creative, spark emotion and mostly celebrate the future of Sheffield through the power of words!

See below to submit your poems, read other poems submitted and find inspiration!

Kind Regards

Sheffield Lead
Shahida Siddique

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Poem List

A Celebration

  • By Anonymous
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017 - 16:39

A celebration is a lovely thing
When people applaud, and people sing
The song is different from start to end
You are never too old or young
So come on everybody……………….. Let’s celebrate difference !

By Michelle Liversidge...Read more

Sat in a surgery working with and interpreter who was working to support my engagement and the EU client accessing services

  • By Anonymous
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017 - 16:37

Unless you walk a mile in my shoes, you will not understand the terrain..
The ups and downs, ups of what seems right,
            suddenly a fall from a great heights
Services … So different...Read more

The leopard who changed his spots

  • By Anonymous
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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 14:00

The Leopard who changed his spots
Far, far away in the forest deep,
Where snakes slither and crawlies creep,
Lived a leap of leopards fierce and strong,
In their leopard lair where only leopards belong.
Other creatures the leopards cared...Read more

Fitting in

  • By Jerzy Kociatkiewicz
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 - 22:16

My accent stumbles
On slippery consonants
Worn out
By centuries of idle gossip
It breaks the surface
Of smooth shiny vowels
Mars the sheen
Of a polished phrase

In abject panic
It bucks and freezes
Then gives up
...Read more

A Prayer

  • By Black Asian Minority Ethnic Anglican (Sheffield Diocese)
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 - 15:14

Eternal Father, Light of the World, Shine into Our Hearts.
Shine into our World, deliver Us from the Powers of Darkness,
Be Our support; give Wisdom to all in Authority
Direct every nation in the ways of Equality, Social Justice and Peace
We pray for those places
...Read more

Building Yorkshire

  • By Anonymous
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:50

Steel-backed, rough-handed great-greats, rocked  across the Irish
dug and built and sharpened and polished
and over-filled 2-up 2-downs with more curly haired babies
who grew to be strong-legged daughters and sharp-tongued sons.
A blue-black hand guides a curly-...Read more

North by Midwest

  • By Kate Garrett
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:01

North by Midwest
(or, Considering the shared tune of ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ and ‘God Save the Queen’)
They said ‘If you don’t like it, leave.’
They said ‘We don’t want you here anyway,
     ...Read more

You've never seen a doomsday like it

  • By Kate Garrett
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:57

You’ve never seen a doomsday like it
He opens the car door for two sweat-and-dirt sculpted
children with ten cent hope—their earth-scent rising
as they root through decades of leftovers, synthetic dreams
once resting on every child’s lips:...Read more


  • By Chella Quint
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 23:32

Dear Sheffield, 

The story goes that you saved me from charlatans who would have had me 


fall apart 



who didn’t care about me. 

But not you. 

You sent over Sheffield folks....Read more

We are the builders, cooks and carers

  • By Anonymous
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 21:05

We are the builders
Brick by brick, laying and levelling
Bridges and tracks
Connecting people and places

We are the cooks
Dish by dish, baking and creating
Cakes and curries
Sharing recipes and ideas

We are the carers
Day by day, nurturing...Read more


  • By Alexandra Carr-Malcolm
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 19:32

We laid down arms,
put down our hands,
and our tongues they fell silent.
We slipped away – just for a day,
a protest, quiet, non-violent.
We stayed at home,
ignored the phone,
our voices were not...Read more


  • By Claire Basarich
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 13:33

I repeat his story
as though it were my own
with holes where words should be
In a country of plums gone off
Rot turned to sweet fermentation
pipes smoked
speaking done with eyes only
...Read more


  • By Sahnon
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  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 07:05

Its been very long way for freedom ..... ...Read more

Faded future

  • By Bira Yasin
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  • Friday, February 17, 2017 - 20:36

Faded future

Imagine a teenage with no hope or who has nothing to lose
But still kind and cheerful and no one to loathe 

It's fact the life as migrant is hard even dark
You may get abused, racially insulted then it leaves in your heart a mark

Everyone has a...Read more


  • By Anonymous
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  • Friday, February 17, 2017 - 12:42

Exile by Sophia De Mello Breyner
translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith

When the country we have isn’t ours
Lost because of silence and renunciation
Even the voice of the sea becomes exile
And the light all aound us is like bars

 ...Read more