The performance poem AMNESTY, is meant to be read aloud by six people. Each verse commences when the person reading that verse knows the previous speaker is about to speak the trigger phrase, which is in bold type at the end of the previous verse (both people read the trigger phrase at the same time). The readings should pass through the group and then back to the beginning (I will) to then pass through another cycle (two cycles should be enough to avoid reader and audience fatigue). Titles of each verse can be carried by the speaker on A3 card. Speakers on the left (of the page) dressed in white. “Figure in Black” and “Prisoner” do read at the same time: it is meant to be a bit chaotic.



Amnesty Member

I will do what I can do

For you bear more than you can take.

I will hold a candle for you,

Like a star, high in the sky

Prisoner                                                           Figure in Black

High in the sky, yet caught in the bars,                                       High in the sky, and under the sea,

A waxing moon bleeds cold light through the damp air                Death comes to all, no one is free

Splashes of white fall on my hands, light up my chair,                  And guns have a price, you can buy them from me

And the tight-clenched page, with the words that you wrote

Condemned to Die

The words that you wrote, are prayers filled with hope

But my future, “they” tell me, is tied up with rope.

A chance to forgive, a chance to cry

And no one to judge, and no one to die

Victim of Domestic Abuse

And no one to die, a chance to be free

Not a wife, not a lover, a chance to be me

To walk down the street and no-one stares

In this world of dreams there is someone who cares

Child Soldier

Someone who cares, reaches out through the night

When I shake and I turn on the light.

I will let the bad dreams end,

For I have, at last, found a friend.


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