In this section, you will find a selection of poems, including shortlisted poems, online features and commissioned poems.

 

Filmed by Kaleido Films During November and December 2015, Free Word highlighted climate change in their live and digital programme. Mohamed’s poem, ‘I remember’ was one of the shortlisted poems for the 'The Time Is Now' Climate Change Poetry Prize.

I remember

California.

Rain deserted

Children like an early divorce.

Soon there will be

nothing

left

to grow.

Californian skies

were thirsty

yet Hollywood

could do nothing

but cover up

climate

with glam. Knowing

Spongebob

wrestles with

plastic

under the sea,

The child with a dry throat still

waits to see the other this weekend.

El Niño rains

a heavy

hello

a

slide of mud

to one’s surprise,

peaked

to moisture mountains,

a visiting parent playing catch up on land.

The top wet with kisses

but the roots are still dry,

with grass mirroring | a dead green.


 

Mohamed, part of the 2015 Writing Room poets cohort, wrote this poem for the Apples and Snakes YouTube channel and performs his poem, ‘Teeth from the Shark’. For more information on the Writing Room programme, see here.


 

A commissioned poem for Islamic Relief, an international humanitarian NGO, performed live at the London Science Museum for Islamic Relief UK's Annual pre-Ramadan Launch. '1984' was the year Islamic Relief were founded, and since, have been saving lives before they are lost.


 

Kayd Somali Arts in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office organised an evening of poetry, celebrating Somalis in London; the people, the poetry.

Somali Poets live in London City Hall on Thursday 26th April 2018 featuring Kayd Director Ayan Mohamud, Project Manager Hanna Ali. Poets: Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf Clare Pollard Muna Mohamed Suhaama Elmi Abdulrazak Farah Halima Sadia Abirahman Yasmin Osman Sagal Farah Yasmine NomadSpeaks, Mohamed Mohamed and Elmi Ali.

See 1:15:15 for Mohamed’s poems.


“5 Somali-British Poets You Need To Know About” by Aisha Gani | Buzzfeed uk

“5 Somali-British Poets You Need To Know About” by Aisha Gani | Buzzfeed uk


 

In preparation for the 2015 United Nations Paris Climate Agreement (COP21), a group of UK Muslim organisations, concerned at the growing threat of climate change to overcoming poverty, have formed a coalition – Muslim Climate Action (MCA) – launched at the House of Commons on earlier this week. Mohamed Mohamed was commissioned to write a short poem, as part of the online video launch. For more information, see here.