Teenager turns to verse to make moving appeal for peace in wake of Manchester bombing

Teenager Nick Bond who has written a poem calling for peace and calm after the Manchester bombing
Teenager Nick Bond who has written a poem calling for peace and calm after the Manchester bombing

As the world continues to pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombing a Burnley teenager has written a poem appealing for peace.

Nick Bond, a year 11 student at Shuttleworth Community College in Padiham, wrote Words Of Hope In A World of Terror calling for people to stay calm and comfort the victims after the atrocity which claimed 22 lives and left 59 injured.

The 15-year-old, who battles with the condition, Attention Deficit Hyperactity Disorder, has discovered that writing helps him to cope with it.

Here is Nick's poem

Words of hope in a world of terror

Our words, full of love and hate

Be they good or bad

Our words can hurt as well as heal

Be they joyous or sad

In a world of terror and fear

A single voice preaches some hope

This light burns like a million stars

To help the grieving cope

I’m just one person with a voice

not yet heard at this moment

But I leave the bereaved with my

deepest condolence

I’m reaching out to the people

speaking up from the crowd

Making my voice heard speaking aloud

We must not create a disruptive affray

We must try and stay peaceful

and give support everyday

I shall put my hands together and say a little prayer

Join me if you will to show that you care