The 70th Birthday

Michael Rosen was commissioned to write this poem for the 60th birthday of the NHS, ten years ago.  Rosen was the UK Children’s Poet Laureate at the time, but this poem was for everyone. He gave me his enthusiastic permission to include and display it on the website of “Poems for…the wall” and it can still be found there in the “Poems for…one world” collection. Anyone who registers on the site can download it from there. The same poem has been translated into Turkish, Greek, Punjabi and Somali – in recognition, and as a symbol, of the fact that all races gather in a healthcare waiting room, sharing our common fragility. The NHS is also fragile just now. It is in the wrong hands.


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In all our sanctuaries we sit at risk

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