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Our Michael - By Eugene Scardifield

Hello, My name is Eugene and I first become acquainted with Yemi and Nichole when the Your city says no campaign was at the embryo stage of its journey due to a poem I wrote about the ripple affects of knife. I was then in turn invited to Croydon to recite my poem, when Your city says no really come to life on October 12th 2019, Croydon was just one of many cities and towns that day, which would March through their centres in protest against the climbing rates of youth violence, showing that once again there can be unity in the community. Your city says no provides a therapeutic compassion that comes from personal painful experiences, so they can genuinely sympathise with situations that others find themselves in and bring a togetherness like an extended family.


This is the Poem that I wrote about Our Michael and performed at the campaign march


It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life There was this man from the estate running late, he was running for the bus when he accidentally bumped into this boy and his mate, the boys got mad and what is sad is that one drew a knife and took the mans life It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life. Now there’s a grieving mother who screams at the skies above her and on her knees at the grave she claws at the earth for the boy who she gave her life to after his birth. She’s heart broken to the core and not sure if she can go on anymore It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life. Now there’s a grieving father who lays awake at night wishing he tried harder, his guilt is out of control and now he has no soul. He wants to take his sons place and be his saving grace It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life. Now there’s a grieving daughter who’s supposed to be getting wed but can’t even face getting out of bed, the best day of her life has gone from good to bad because walking her to the altar was supposed to be her dad It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life. Now there’s a grieving sibling, a brother who always thought he could protect his mother and his whole family but now he’s lost in the depths of insanity, he’s constantly on the brink and reaching for that next drink. It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life. Now there’s a grieving sister who feels like she’s caught up in a twister because now she is missing her big brother who would always pick up the phone and listen, she’s struggling to see this now her reality It only takes one punch, one shot, one knife to take one life, but it isn’t just one life that’s taken it’s a whole family that is now trying to cope with its hearts breaking.

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