It is not what I am.
I was not born for this.
Trouble is not a place
though I am in it deeper than the deepest wood
and I’d get out of it (who wouldn’t?) if I could.
Hope is what I do not have in hell –
not without good help, now. Could you
listen, listen hard and well
to what I cannot say except by what I do?
And when you say I do it for badness
this much is true:
I do it for badness done to me before
any badness that I do to you.
Hard to unfankle this.
But you can help me. Loosen
all these knots and really listen.
I cannot plainly tell you this, but, if you care,
then — beyond all harm and hurt –
real hope is there.
This poem was commissioned by The Children's Panel to recruit new members for the coming year.
Children's Panels are such a distinctive part of the Scottish approach to dealing with children and young people who are in trouble or at risk. Children’s Panels are independent lay tribunals and a crucial part of the Children’s Hearings system, a relatively informal way of addressing all kinds of situations where a child or young person is in need of care and protection or if he/she has committed an offence.
- Commit the time
- Listen to all sides of a story
- Make difficult decisions
- Process information
- Empathise with children
You don't need any formal qualifications. However, to apply you must be aged 18 or over and all applications are subject to a police check through the Disclosure Scotland system.
If you're not sure if it's for you, try answering our ten Do you fit the bill? questions.
To find out more, please visit the website here.