Skimstone Arts

One Day Changes

A collaboration project with Skimstone Arts Artistic Director, Claire Webster Saaremets and BGET representatives Smajo and Emily. A spoken word piece for the One Day Changes broadcast as part of Holocaust Memorial Day 2022. 

In That One Day

Smajo Beso, Emily Scullion, Claire Webster Saaremets

In that one day

I saw myself in you

And you saw yourself in me.

You really listened

And heard my story

 

You saw I was safe

And risked everything

Doing more than just hearing

More than just looking

You acted

And in one day

Changed my life

And many others

Because - You acted

And showed a belief in peace

 

You decided I mattered,

And could see what was happening

Could hear what was happening

That we could be your Sister, Nephew, Daughter,

Pregnant wife, Girlfriend, Grandmother,

Father, Uncle, Son.

 

You began to understand

My trauma, my tiny fragments of life

Still clinging to my fragile skin

Holding my heart from slipping

Into depths beyond my being

 

The sliding doors hadn’t yet opened

Our crumbling paths hadn’t yet crossed

Until that day, that one day

When all did change

 

You saw I was safe

And risked everything

Doing more than just hearing

You acted

And in one day

Changed my life

And many others

You acted

An everlasting act of peace