The feels momentous


standing in this queue feels so new

but I feel related to everyone

I have faith in all the scientists


thank you to everyone

it feels like an exciting trip out

it's what we all want


1000 vaccines every day

like going on a pilgrimage

humanity is fragile but full of hope


so many memories never made 

freedom is close

held my breath for a year

a moment for me

protecting myself and others

new threshold to a new normal

one small jab for me

science in action

over 18'000 vaccines so far

one huge booster shot for mankind

outside the sun is shining

I want to feel safer

helps us bring this to an end

days like this make history

imaging doctors high-fiving in corridors

hopefully we can hug again

smiles mastered through masks

made it here 

close to....

a year differs for one to person to a next

means more for us

others will join in

normally feel nervous


acting with compassion

far from over

kind of surreal


safer to others

end the disorientation

stories we'll all share


gaining momentum

masking joy with a British hush

here's to hugs and holidays


next up please

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Artistic statement

  • Following the theme of humanity I wanted to make sure the language of this piece paid homage to the human voices that contributed to the interviews that inspired this commission. Thank you to all the visitors and volunteers for their honesty and hard work.
  • The structure of the poem is inspired by the shape of important molecules in biology and by the science behind the vaccines. The first and third columns represent the shape of mRNA molecules, and the centre of the poem represents the structure of DNA.
  • In celebration of all the small acts that are contributing to a bigger picture, this poem is written so that it can be read in a variety of ways. You can choose to go across the three columns horizontally or start with column one then move across by column. Or maybe there are other ways that I am yet to discover myself. It is a collection of the small thoughts and big statements that highlight how we are all working together to contribute to something much bigger

Artist Bio

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer.

Keisha is Senior Manager of Children, Young People and Learning at Arts Council England, chair of radical arts funding body, Future’s Venture Foundation, a MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellow and a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group, and recipient of The Arts Foundation Theatre Makers Award 2021.

Read the other poems here:

Survive(d) – Hanna Ali

Of Partings & Preludes – Momtaza Mehri

ধন্যবাদ – Nazneen Ahmed

MementoUs – Keisha Thompson

Now এই সময় – Eeshita Azad

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