Christmas Happiness – Ethical Advent Day 13

Today I have a real treat for you, and a first for Monsoon of Random. Poetry! Written by good friend and phenomenal poet, Sophie Sparham.

Sophie is a performance poet and writer from Derby.  Her first poetry book ‘Please Mind The Gap’ is a wonderful collection of witty, socially conscious and modern poems, with a foreword by Benjamin Zephaniah.

Sophie’s poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT and women’s issues. She has performed all around the UK; including festivals such as Y Not, Shambala and the Opera House Stage at Rebellion, the UK’s biggest punk festival. Her creative writing workshops at schools, and for vulnerable adults are well attended, and she performs with real passion and drama.

You can read more about Sophie and her books via her website, but without further ado, I’d like to share her Christmas poem, all about shopping ethically and in small, independent stores, and without spending a fortune.

A Conscious Christmas Poem by Sophie Sparham

Some people think that,

Happiness is based  

On how much money we spend on  

Presents and gifts but

I have never stuck my

Nose up at hand-knitted socks, glitter  

Dowsed all over the dining room table  

Envelopes decorated with doodles    

People who fill the high street with  

Ethical products, made from  

Determination, dreaming of  

A better future

Never forget

They are the true gift.

I absolutely adore this poem, and I am completely honoured that Sophie wrote it just for me to share with you all. So thank you Sophie. You are a true gem. Keep making the world a better place.

You can also find Sophie on social media:

Twitter: @SophieSparham

Thanks for reading. See you tomorrow.

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