NO ROOM FOR YOU HERE
By Josie Whitehead
'I’m sorry to say there’s no room at my inn.
It’s already too full and you cannot come in.
I am busy in here and I’ve more things to do
Than to make a small space for such people as you.
'So go on your way now. Don’t stand there with tears,
For I’m shutting my heart and I’m closing my ears.
Don’t tell me you’re lonely - no family or friends -
For I’ve many more things to which I must attend.
'Don’t say that you’ve travelled from lands far away
And don’t look at me now faces filled with dismay.
Just give me one reason to care how you feel!
Kindness and sharing? Come on now - get real!
'Yet I look at your eyes. You’re as human as I.
It’s love that you’re seeking. Come now, don’t cry.
I’ve a barn going free - it’s not quite a hotel -
But it’s the best I can do, for I’m human as well.'
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* This was one of almost 400 poems which was chosen by teachers and children in schools right across West Yorkshire in 2010 and published by AMS Educational Publishers, Leeds. Sorry, it is out of print at the moment, but you have it here where, I hope, it won't ever be out of print for you. It will make a wonderful performance poem for your children and link to the subject of kindness and caring for others, no matter who they are. Josie