Making a Difference – a poem by Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of The University of Manchester


We are shaking and waking and breaking
indifference We are quaking and taking and making a difference We are working
observing recording researching Wherein we’re conferring subverting referring We’re counting the minutes the moments the loss Redressing the balance addressing the cost We are citing and fighting it’s all in the writing The spark is igniting in dark we are lightening We are breaking the brackets the
fact is the planet’s In rackets and rackets of rackets in brackets The systems the victims the damming the scamming The biased predicting the
beating and banning We teach through closed doors when none listen we hear When heads turn away we volunteer To relentless censors the damned and
defenceless Our words are the action the louder reaction We count the cells in
illness We name the unnamed we count the invisible We make change We work we stand tall We rise up to be counted We work above all we climb mountains The skills we exchange the breaking of chains The actions sustained the makers
of change We are shaking and breaking and waking
indifference We are quaking and taking and making a difference

8 Replies to “Making a Difference – a poem by Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of The University of Manchester”

  1. What a voice together with visuals and wording that make the film transcend about life. We should all strive to do better. Well done!

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