As a young child you’re encouraged to dream That anything is possible if you believe Hopes of becoming a princess or superhero flood an innocent mind Fact and fiction a blur, you trust all you get told, but then find A princess I’d become but my prince I did not choose My dream now a nightmare, a battle I was only to lose So I swapped reality back to fantasy as I was safe inside my head My imagination could take over and I chose to live there instead I stopped watching out for green, one-eyed monsters because I had been misled Told monsters have big pointy teeth and live under my bed But real monsters look like humans; they lie and steal your trust Cause mass destruction, a fragile life broke into dust I’d sit and stare out the window and daydreaming I’d be Escaping the world I was trapped in for lands far away where I was free But as I got older, stronger and braver I grew I became my own superhero, not fictional but true! My nightmare is now ended and I am safe in reality My dream world was what saved me and my sanity I still visit there sometimes while I slumber beneath the midnight sky But now it’s only for a visit and then I say goodbye For my life now is very different, I’m happy and I’m in control I’ve started a new chapter in my story, rebuilding the life he once stole Though reality is now the place I choose to be My dreams will always stay with me My dreams can develop, they may change and that’s okay Because this is my book and I’ll live life my way.
Overall winner (care leaver category) of Voices 2020, the national writing competition for care-experienced young people, in this year’s theme of ‘Dreams’. You can read all the shortlisted entries or watch the award ceremony, hosted by Peter Capaldi. This year’s competition is sponsored by Cadence Innova.
Coram Voice is a leading children’s rights organisation getting young voices heard in decisions that matter to them and working to improve the lives of children in care, care leavers and others who depend upon the help of the state.