Haiku Slam - Knife Crime


This is my haiku slam (technically they are not haikus as haikus are meant to have a seasonal reference, however they fit the syllable count) about young people and knife crime:

Knife crime ruins lives

Happiness destroyed by knives

Let loose on our streets

Young people caught up

In things they never wanted

Portrayed as killers

In reality

All they want is family

Friends, strength in numbers

The lure of money

The promise of belonging

Draws them into traps

They find themselves stuck

Wanting to leave, to escape

But stuck in a gang

Media reports

Newspapers, broadsheets, tabloids

Social media

Showing them as bad

Negative propanganda

Older is safer

Sites unrelenting

Only news about the young

As if it's just kids

In reality

It is often the adults

But kids are shown more

What is it they see

Which makes the crimes by children

Much more newsworthy

So much crime always

Yet we never know unless

It is done by kids

Why does media

Show children in a bad light

When it's adults too

I think that the crimes

By adults are more shocking

For many reasons

They are much older

They should know the difference

Between right and wrong

They are expected

To be more responsible

As they are older

They should be able

To make decisions, as they

Have experience

Children cannot take

The burden of such choices

They are only young

So why are they shown

In such a negative light

Adults do this too

The truth really is

That children are more likely

To become victims

Some just carry knives

As a form of protection

Which leads to more harm

They think knives will help

To keep them safe, but really

It puts them at risk

This could be changed if

Adults gave to their children

Just more protection

It's the adult's job

To keep children safe from harm

And not using knives

If they took this job

More seriously than now

They wouldn't need knives

So, when you see news

About children and knife crime

Just remember that:

They aren't always bad

Just unable to escape

The mess they're stuck in

Comments (5)

  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg hopeful_saxophone | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    14 Feb 2019

    I like your idea of your poem as it inspires me to never choose a wrong path in life such as being involved in knife crimes or crimes in general.Thank you for your inspiration.

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg noble_crab | Michael Faraday Primary School | United Kingdom
    23 Feb 2019

    Your poem is great, I felt touched as I read it! You must have put a lot of work into it, Well Done beloved_chocolate.

  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg bold_drum | Evelyn Street Primary School C
    23 Sep 2019

    Wow what a good post there is a lot of explanation to the problem !!😁

  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg lucky_thought | Phoenix Primary School
    29 Nov 2019

    I may be writing this late but you have used lots of things that has been going on around the world ( Mainly (I think) Britain). What if you were in uncomfortable place with people holding or keeping knives what will you do?
    Answering my question , I will try to distract them after they are distracted I can run as fast as I can to the police department and tell them everything that I saw.
    Overall your final piece was incredibly good and you deserve the star too!

    1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg lucky_thought | Phoenix Primary School
      lucky_thought's comment 29 Nov 2019

      Some extra information : In Britain there is shooting going on in London Bridge. Some schools are now letting kids out late to go home so they can stay safe. Police have been scattered around London Bridge and many blocked roads which caused lots of traffic. This incident has been all around the news. Some presidents are even in this incident because this incident might be the biggest incident going on in London Bridge.

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