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Birmingham City Council

The Beat of Birmingham by India Miller

India Miller was the fifth Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham.

India performed this specially commissioned poem at the Be Birmingham summit.
India says 'I wrote about my vision for the city and what might be achieved in the future'.
Find out more in her blog.

The Beat of Birmingham

From the galleries and cafes
to the theatres and the parks,
the people are the city:
they’re our city’s beating heart.

we’re zipped up in presumptions:
we’re a city with no name,
we’ve been bypassed throughout history
but now we’re finding fame

we’re altering our image
reinventing the repute,
we’re letting Britain know about
the lights, the city, part of us,
the dozen dozen languages,
beliefs, opinions, mindsets
of the city, of this city,
of our reinventing city.

From the galleries and cafes
to the theatres and the parks,
the people are the city:
they’re our city’s beating heart.

and the rising generation,
now we’re bubbling on the brink,
we’re bursting out of Birmingham,
we’re saying what we think:

we’ve hopes and dreams and visions
and we’re raring to begin,
we’re faced with doubts to overcome
but we’ll triumph and we’ll win

already we’re brimming with culture and sport,
with ballet and football and action and thought,
enriched by our backgrounds, traditions and tastes,
we’re going to include everyone in this race,
we’ll be just one body, together, create
a better Birmingham.

From the galleries and cafes
to the theatres and the parks,
the people are the city:
they’re our city’s beating heart.

we’re people, just ordinary citizens here,
but look what extraordinary feats can be done
when we strive as a city to function as one
we’ll take what’s been accomplished
and we’ll show the world our talents
and we’ll take pride in this city,
make real the dreams of the young of the city.

from our sport and our dance
to our music and our art,
the young will lead the city on,
the candles in the dark.
We’ll take the traces you have drawn,
we’ll make our mark
on Birmingham.