Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Just one punch

22 August 2016 –

I’d like to share a poem written by a 15 year old student, Shanaya M. The poem poignantly captures the tragedy of a one punch attack.

Shanaya’s mum attended a conference where I spoke about the impact of alcohol fuelled violence on our community. A few days later Shanaya showed her this poem.

Her mum was moved by the poem and shared it with me; I was also moved and, with Shanaya’s permission, am sharing her poem here.

JUST ONE PUNCH
Shanaya M

Just ONE kid
Just one dream,
To live life to the fullest,
Wanting to Graduate.
A Career,
A Family,
A Life.

Just one Celebration.
Just one group of mates,
A fun night on the town.
A Giggle,
A Laugh,
A Dance.

Just one Glare
Just one Comment
Harmless, but missing the point.
A Sneer,
A Grunt,
A PUNCH

Just one HEAD
Just one Pavement
Blood Pooling in a sea of stickiness
Eyes Open,
No Response,
One Heart Beat.

Just One Dad
Just one phone call
A nightmare trip to Emergency
A Machine,
Beeping,
Beeping.

Just one Mum
With just one son,
Shattered Heart, Shattered Dreams
Broken,
Tormented,
Empty.

Just ONE Kid
No more dreams
No more hope
No more life
JUST ONE PUNCH