Young Carers Create Winter Poems in Richmond

Over the last month, as part of our inspired:arts programme for young carers, our professional writer Jo Ingham has been working with 15 young carers from Richmond to explore the winter season through poetry. Using the theme of wintery weather for inspiration, Jo helped them to develop their creative writing skills in the production of inspiring original pieces.

13,000 of the UK’s young carers care for over 50 hours a week, with 50% saying that they feel unsupported. Through creative workshops, inspired:arts combats these problems by enabling young carers to develop trusting, supportive relationships with their peers, social skills and enhanced self-esteem. Importantly, these workshops also provide a stress-free break for young people with caring responsibilities.

For the poems below, the young carers used William Carlos Williams’s poem, Blizzard (1921) as a starting point, cutting up and rearranged the words to construct new creations.

By Luke and Casey

The yellow hairy man
in the wild days.
Blizzards of snow drift
deeper upon the sixty years.
Then following blue flakes of anger
looking down and alley for trees,
that stood floating over a solitary track.
Cluttered deeper out his solitude sun
and long stretched hours an year.
It turns out there, world.

By Jess, Ryan and Ruby

Years of clutter stretched out over days of solitude.
The world and its weight,
the track and the snow,
the man and his anger.
A wild blizzard drifts in, then out for hours
following a blue sun down alleyways.
Long yellow trees stand out from the deep snow.

The original poem by William Carlos Williams

Blizzard

Snow falls:
years of anger following
hours that float idly down –
the blizzard
drifts its weight
deeper and deeper for three days
or sixty years, eh? Then
the sun! a clutter of
yellow and blue flakes –
Hairy looking trees stand out
in long alleys
over a wild solitude.
The man turns and there –
his solitary track stretched out
upon the world.