When – Poetry rehab challenge

Full moon needle felted picture
Full moon needle felted picture

When did buying a new dress

become child labour and exploitation

When did buying food

Fill our bins more than our mouths

When did repairing things

become more expensive

than buying new

When did banks become

gambling houses?

Where money

become speculation

rather than solid silver?

When did we become a nation

Of food banks

Where children go hungry?

And houses grew out of reach

for the young?

When did we stop doing

instead of just watching

When are we going to

wake up?


13 thoughts on “When – Poetry rehab challenge

    • Thank you! I hope it isn’t too depressing the title was rubbish and I just thought of all the rubbish things that go on!

      The is a needle felted picture I did with wool tops – thank you for your kind compliment, it is really appreciated! πŸ˜‰

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      • Don’t think it’s depressing – although obviously not a barrel of laughs. What I particularly like is that it did actually make me think, ‘yes when did this happen?’ The reminder that there was a time when these things didn’t happen also helps gives a sense that we can make it again a time when these things don’t happen.

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  1. Yes, Bekki you are right, thank you for your comment!
    I don’t think we can underestimate the power of one person – we can change the world for the better – even if it is not buying from Primark or not purchasing food with excessive packaging. It is the small acts that can make big changes.


  2. Beautiful felted picture! And thank you for sharing this thought-provoking poem with universal appeal in this global village. When?… indeed. I agree with what Bekki said, the “when” makes you cognisent of the fact that it has not always been this way, it doesn’t need to be this way, and maybe it can change for the better. I love the last line – When will we wake up? Learning to accept that our actions have an impact – on the environment, on other species, and on our fellow human beings.


    • Thank you for your kind words, the theme was rubbish and it was the first thing that came into my head.

      The felted piece is completely free hand, cut up bits of felt, then wool roving needle punched finally the tree was embroidered with wool. It isn’t very big, about 15 cm by 20cm.

      We are planning to go to the Quilting Festival in Houston Texas at the end of October, the Sisters one was at the wrong time, which is a pity because it would have been lovely to meet up with you! x

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    • Hi Schattenengel – thanks for taking the time to comment. I believe you are right about progress we can’t stop it. Not everything has turned bad, thankfully women in our society today have control over their lives that would have been the stuff of dreams in the 1920’s or even the 1950’s.
      I know the simplicity or frugal movement is gaining momentum, and this offers some hope – an anti-dote to all this commercialism. I think society is beginning to wake up and make changes. The only real way to protect ourselves is to live simply within our means.


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