'A Time to Learn' - Bobby's poem for the PLA Awards
28 Sep 2017
Bobby Kasanga, founder of Hackney Wick FC, writer and PET alumnus, wrote this poem inspired by the nomination letters received from prisoners for the 2017 PLA Awards.
Time to Learn – by Bobby Kasanga
You can look at me and say I'm a prisoner of the government
But if you look deeper you can see I'm just a resident at this establishment
I took risks, I gambled and I broke the rules,
Perhaps it stems from my younger days bunking off school
So I'm here now, ready to start again
Hmm but it's been a long time since I used a pen
But who will show me? And who will help me?
I want to learn new things but the thought overwhelms me
They look at me as if I'm stupid
What was I thinking? I can't do this
But wait, did they just say hello, was that a smile?
First time I've seen one of those in this place in a while
"How are you?" "Who me?" I guess you want my prison number" "
No, let's start with your name, by the way that's a cool jumper"
"Have you ever thought about further learning?"
"I have, but not to sure about the little I'll be earning"
"Just try it out, what's the worst that can happen"
"Perhaps it will be the escape from this place I'm trapped in"
Wow, I didn't know all these words when I started.
The alphabet is amazing
To think I'd otherwise be in my cell being lazy
A is for Alphabet
B is because she believed in me
C is because he gave me confidence
D is because she was down to earth
E is because I felt encouraged
F is because he was friendly
I'm not going to do the whole list
As I'm sure by now you have the gist
It all started with a smile and a conversation
And now I believe I can further my education
Now I can put all my mistakes behind me
I was always intelligent, just needed a voice to remind me
There are many others just like me,who just need to feel that somebody cares
Now I have certificates that were unlikely, and to you this great news I share
If you're angry then I'll be angry
If you smile then I'll smile
It's only circumstances that highlights differences but really we are the same
Treat me well and I'll do likewise, by the way David is my name