Creative Recovery – Creative Writing

Poetry and creative writing are incredibly popular forms of expression, particularly for those suffering with mental health challenges that may make it difficult for them to communicate how they feel directly. St Martins encourages residents to express themselves through poetry and creative writing, supporting those who wish to develop skills in these areas to read, share and even publish their work.

The sea is dancing with me

See you the sea
Her waves like huge hands
Lifts the great ships
In the scum like salty water
It smiles at me
And rush to my call
It plays with me
And embraced me
In her waves like arms
Yet she can be a raging beast
And she makes the strongest of men
Tremble with fear
And here she is dancing with me

Ali Mohammed, from his book The Summoning


What is there to do in London?
There are so many things to do
Tons of stuff for your attention
London’s big; there’s places to go.
Near or far; you can take the car
And in London go for a drive.
If you’re feeling really stellar,
Take a taxi; let yourself live.
Are there great sights for me to see?
There’s the West end in the centre.
Some great museums; they are free.
Visit Whitehall, Trafalgar Square.
For nightlife a bar, a cafe;
The place has some good restaurants.
There’s things to do, some people say.
Maybe I’ll go visit London.

Edward, 2013


I was pretty normal,
And also insane,
Alcohol overshadowed my brain,
There must be more to life,
Than a barrel of ale,
And sadly,
I became the prodigal son,
I felt like a fugitive on the run,
Crucifying everything under the sun,
Serenity will not open the gates of heaven and let you in,
But it will open the gates of hell and let you out,
And I must confess,
I was possessed.




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