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My Liberator

Hard Labour, years; 
Spent doing time in my mind. 
Work mate, cell mate; 
A companion of kind, a disease and malady 
With my company spent. 

Hopeless; 
Seemed escape. 
No self-will or physical strength combined 
Will bend those bars holding me behind. 
Hopeless; 
Trapped here in my cell, 
With the devil as a room-mate. 

Through, thought after thought, 
I sought to be free. 
To be rid from this; this demonic malady. 
One night, in I glimmer of light, 
It came. The new cell mate. 
Strange I heard no lock turn, 
Nor cell door swing. 

“Take my hand” it said “but first fill it, 
With all your will and self-pity. Then I 
Will guide you to the golden city, a place 
Of un-dreamt dreams. 
Come, discover Its wonders.

” Pressing my hand to it, I felt the weight 
Of my burdens lift. 
There before me the cell unlocked, 
As if never there, I realised the cell 
Was my own. Self-built, 
With no lock and key to set me free. 

We parted ways thereon. 
Left it did, just one sentence, 
To dwell upon. 
“Your freedom is no gift or right,"
All I ask of thee, to let all know in need, 
That when they seek 
True and with heart. I will 
Come, and the cycle of freedom 
Will carry on.

” Those passing words stay with me. 
That’s why today; I pass the message to thee. 

...James Walford


Thank You

A special thank you to:

David Bean, Bryan Meloy, Liz, Pauline, Howard, Sean & all my friends at (Independence Trust) & (C.I.S)

Gwen Bridges, Helen Mcilvany, Neil Jennings, Sarah Welch, Tony Gardiner, Louise, Robyn & all at: Countywide Specialist Substance Misuse Service

Philip Trenchard, Jo Bell,
Lou, Matthew, Trudy, Ian,
Stan, Frankie, Fiona,
ETE Staff, Toni, Silvana,
L
ucy, Beanie
and everybody associated with The Nelson Trust

Pat Bugler, Mellisa, Val, John & the staff at Westcliff House

Dr D P Knight Rosebank Surgery
Dr Waldon Rowcroft Medical Center
Dr D Kempson Locking Hill Surgery

More special thanks to:

Nick Kelly
Phil (thrasher), Shar (misfit)
Helen (livin' life clean),
Clayton (the driver),
Sheena(the voice),
Jacky N,
Mandy M, Laura, Isis. Sam,
Anne T, 
Dean. Alicia, 
Tiffany. Darren,

Andy (west ham), 
Mark (london), Vikki, Chris,
Charlie. Ed (spurs). Jane. Jo
Karen V. Maureen. Nick
Sharon (surrey). Steph. Rick,
Steve (Tetbury), Gill (Stroud
)

Sam, Dave, Andy, Phil, Steve, Jackie, Dean, Nera, and Essex Girl (Westcliffe House) 2005... and many more.


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