From Monday 21 March, physically punishing children became illegal in Wales. To mark the historical moment for children and their rights in Wales, Children’s Laureate Wales, Connor Allen, was commissioned to compose a poem for the occasion. The poem, published on UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, were written to celebrate children’s rights. Read more about this commission here.
Life starts as a blank canvas
And every stroke and every shade of the brush
you paint a picture.
A story is told
As your chapters unfold.
In different poetic stanzas
Told how you like.
Echoing as it should.
Your mind is the most powerful tool
Nobody can take that away from you
The possibilities you envision
The potential you’re given.
That all comes from you.
You’re the future.
The next generation of leaders and healers
Gate keepers and inspirational speakers.
Just remember the future’s bright
It’s clear for all of Wales, all of the world to see,
So, ask yourself one question
in this future
who do I want to be?
Children’s Laureate Wales 2021-2023