No Knife is a Better Life
Youth today are in a crisis,
Whilst knife crime grips the nation as it rises.
Austerity and poverty can be a factor,
Kids feel the brunt of the government’s measures from every public sector.
Scarcity of youth clubs, communities are dying,
But don’t blame the teachers; they are really trying.
Resources are stretched to an all time low, funding cuts - no one cares.
So of course support is no where there.
Home is no sanctuary, merely just a shelter.
Parents are trying to get it together,
Sinking deeper to more stress and pressure.
Kids are neglected, disillusioned or forgotten,
It’s probably why their brains get so rotten.
A sense of belonging is what they seek,
Perhaps a little love and attention could’ve kept them off the streets.
Easy prey for criminal gang members,
Profiting from their pain and anger
Peddling drugs in exchange for goods,
But their success rate for life is just going backwards.
Misguided and blinded by that bling,
Pride and status is not them things!
Surround yourself with silly fools,
Ain’t so cool if you were slain by their tools.
Escorted to prison is no joke!
1000 wounded last year did you know? On top of those killings we already know.
It rips the hearts of the victim’s families, in a cycle of a never ending carnage.
Mentality needs to change, if we want this fear to go away.
Government needs to listen, to know what’s missing.
Support parents and kids for those most at risk.
Drugs is the currency for all this misery,
So remove hard sellers and go harsh on those buyers
Ain’t so easy battling this fight, when police numbers aren’t quite right.
Youth club initiatives is more what we need.
Raise more opportunities to get them off the streets.
So crime won’t be on their radars of possibilities.
Academic level they fail to meet, kid’s will end up on the streets.
If teachers don’t engage, the students will end up enraged.
Unblock their potential, to obtain their credential,
Kids have other talents; sports, theatre or music could be more their level.
A positive voice, loud and clear.
Instil their minds as early as one, two or three.
Set high values to believe they can achieve and beyond their dreams.
Parents, teachers, friends and family also have to preach,
Education you see, the key to all their possibilities.
Role models like Sephton, use to be a gang member,
Teaches the virtues of a normal life to remember.
Listen to their issues, hear their plight.
Knowledge is power to beat this cycle of knife gripe.
A brighter future can be gained,
Communities must come together, if we want this change
Message of hope and I will tell you so,
Violent crime is not the life.
No Knife is a Better Life!