A collection of poems written by the members of Many Hands One Heart
Many Hands One Heart is a support and wellbeing project for people from the LGBTQ+ community who are seeking asylum in Liverpool. The group worked with poet Day Mattar to produce their own collection of poems which have been beautifully illustrated by Millie Chesters. These poems were released as a pamphlet for international poetry day 2021.
Day Mattar introduces the poems here:
Dear Best Friend
Dear Best Friend,
for the beautiful time we shared
and for always listening to me calmly.
You light me up just like
would light up a dark room.
You made me feel free and it was fun sharing my coming out story with you.
I always wish to spend all of my spare time with you because
you make me feel complete and whole.
You just left a smile on my face right now
remembering the crazy things we have had in the past.
There is just a lot I would love to say
but the memories keep reminding me
of how far apart we are
and would do anything in the world just to have you right beside me.
Just writing this to let you know how amazing you are.
Cheers to a greater Us,
Cheers to making me who I am today
and cheers to me for being me.
Listen to Dear Best Friend here:
The Forest is your home
Man in his ignorance won’t leave you alone
Strong together you hunt for survival
Man and his gun, your only rival
Oh how much beauty you have contributed to nature.
Listen to Animal here:
Many Things Have Tried To Kill Me
Many things have tried to kill me…
Especially every morning when I wake up
And I am forced to live the same role
And for a long time, its not known when the end of waiting
The end of despair, the end of marginalization, and the end of the slow attempt to kill
All these details suffocate me and try to kill me (sorry for sharing this stuff)
He is your enemy,
he may call you now, but not this time
Now is your date with the summer sun
the sound of the waterfall,
the celebrations of friends,
the sound of children,
ice cream carts,
discovering the depths,
holding your lover’s hand,
watching the sunset
and sitting in the rain.
Listen to The Enemy here:
The Wild Animal That You Think
The wild animal that you think,
that the circumstances and vicissitudes of life exhausted him,
and he is no longer able to travel in the universes and galaxies
to achieve the impossible...
You thwarted him
and then disappeared from existence...
You must restore him, with confidence
You will climb to the tops of the mountains,
Listen to The Wild Animal That You Think here:
My orange colour is distinctive,
I can smell and hear from miles away,
my intelligence and cunning are unparalleled…
I have a varied diet between meat and plants.
I wish humans to raise enough ducks and chickens
because I can’t do without.
Listen to The Fox here:
When I was contemplating the ocean,
its beauty and calmness
and all its details
I realised that there are secrets in this universe
that are deeper than the superficial things we live in
more important than the short moments of fun
I muttered with my mouth
were all this beauty and greatness
I am a saint.
Listen to The Ocean here:
I have more things that I hate from me, than the ones I love…
But there is one thing I always dreamt of
Something that when I was a teenager I wanted to show off
Something that makes me feel powerful
Something that makes me feel I slay
Something that makes me feel me
And then when I manage to get it, it gives me the confidence, it gives me identity and it became the symbol of my freedom.
To The Young Who Want To Die
Life is expensive and sometimes not worth it.
Because honestly no one likes things without our consent
Who asked you to be born?
And specially in a shitty country?
Sometimes spending your life in things, you don’t want to do
Restricted by a society that cut your wings.
You manage to find things that help you to wake up every morning
The touch of a lover
The taste of their lips
The smell of that greasy pizza that makes you feel guilty afterwards
The view of your favourite place that brings you memories
Or the sounds of that song that makes your brain release serotonin
Yeah, Life sucks
You don’t want to live anymore, and yet you are hungry to see what’s next
Listen to To The Young Who Want to Die here:
I'll Take You To A Getaway
I’ll take you to a getaway
Leave your imagination go wild
To a place with mountains and animals
Can you hear the birds singing?
I’ll go down on my knees now, and the rest is on you.
The Anxious Possum
Ding dong ding dong
Flowers here, flowers there
I came out of the trash can
Didn’t find anything to eat
But the garden of this house is something good
Ding dong ding dong
Live hard, die fast.
Listen to The Anxious Possum here:
Vamos a empezar como siempre.
Saludando sin saludar
Porque hay muchas cosas que siempre he querido decirles,
Pero nunca las digo porque ya las saben
Nunca hemos necesitado decir nada sobre sentimientos,
Porque sabemos están ahí,
Aunque la caguemos o triunfemos
Aunque estemos felices o tristes, ya sabemos estamos ahí
Escribí esta carta porque quería decirles cosas que no puedo.
Pero termine no diciendo nada,
Porque estamos mas haya de eso.
Let’s start as usual
Saying Hi without saying Hi
Cause there’s a lot of things I always wanted to tell you
But I never said them, because you already knew it.
We never needed to say something about feelings,
Because we know they are there,
Even if we fucked up or we win
Even we are sad or happy, we know we are going to be there
I wrote this letter because I wanted to say things I normally not say
But I ended up not saying anything
Because we are beyond that.