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Guernsey Literary Festival

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Guernsey Arts

Robert Ebner-Statt, UK

3rd prize: Young People’s Poetry
Poems on the Move & Poems on the Buses Exhibitions

I can speak a foreign language, yet I can’t say how I truly feel
I can prepare an advanced titration, yet I can’t prepare a meal
I can work out any maths problem but not how to be happy
I know exactly how a baby grows but can’t change my cousin’s nappy
Can adults read the future? They often tell me what lies in store
If I put my head down, do my work and write till my hand’s sore

This generation listens, lesson after lesson.
We learn everything you tell us, you don’t tell us about depression
You don’t tell us how to spend our money, but that we’ll have none if we fail
I know a balanced diet but not what a balanced lifestyle should entail
You tell us about exams, that they’re the point of no return
You teach us about the environment whilst the world you gave us burns.