Prose For Thought – Firework. A Poem from Izzy’s Teacher.

Welcome to this week’s Prose for Thought. I was so touched by how many of you were affected by Izzy’s story last week. As a result, lots of you went off and wrote your own tribute or post in support of Anti-Bullying week. I know that Maddie went to tell Gabbi, Izzy’s Mum, about the support that was being received and she was absolutely thrilled. We need to make sure that Izzy’s death wasn’t in vain. Thank you too to the people who signed the petition – there is another opportunity, for those of you who missed it, below.

Maddie mentioned in last week’s post how Izzy’s teacher read out the poem that she had written entitled ‘I Give Up’ at her funeral. In response, her teacher read out his poem afterwards. I’ll let Maddie explain:

‘I wanted to email you a poem that I’d forgotten about – it’s called ‘Firework’ and is a poem written after her death by Izzy’s favourite English teacher called Jerry Byford (the one who she handed ‘I Give Up’ in to, and who then wrote her a different poem in return to try to boost her spirits). Jerry read ‘I Give Up’ at Izzy’s funeral, and then also read out ‘Firework’ as a response to that. There was not a dry eye in the house. I’d forgotten that I had this poem, but just wanted to let you know, in case you’d ever like me to do a follow up for Prose for Thought on bullying or teen suicide or even just teen self esteem issues. It’s a lovely poem. I can see why he’s such an inspiring English teacher!’

I couldn’t agree more. I read the poem when Maddie sent it and it had me in tears and again last night when I was drafting the post. I had to share it here with you all.


Don’t go yet! Stay a while longer.

Come back

little star.

Don’t go into the night
Don’t explode in the sky.

All these journeys and plans that you could share

Dismiss the dreams… of night

The daylight sky cannot reveal you if you live in the dark

And yes, fireworks are so beautiful but they last such a brief time

Your blaze and glory should match the sun not wait for it to set.

So come into the light

Don’t go into the night
Don’t explode in the sky.

Don’t encourage Wind’s crying lonesome breeze,
Don’t make Tall Oaks stare at darker winter skies


let us remember

That better time and place

In summer
Before you disappeared into time and space

Let us remember

The firework

so sparkling

that lasted such a brief time.

©Jerry Byford September 2013

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  1. Maddie Sinclair
    November 30, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    Thanks SO much everyone for your help and support with our campaign. We really appreciate you helping us spread the message, and I know Izzy’s mum, Gabbi, will too.

    Together, we can make a difference.

    Maddie xoxo

    Don’t bully. Love instead. Love for Izzy Dix.
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  2. Jane
    November 30, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    So glad you have posted this , I asked after Izzy ‘s funeral if we could have both pieces published.Thank you Jerry this was a was a lovely piece for Izzy. There weren’t many dry eyes there. So sad and unnecessary. RIP Izzy.

  3. November 28, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    I love poetry but never thought I’d be entering this with some of my own – I’m pretty sure it was one-off inspiration, so hope that’s OK! I did sign the petition a while back, and shared, and have been pleased to see others sign since. So important to get this message out there – and yes, heart wrenching beautiful poem for Izzy x

  4. November 28, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    What a talented teacher, no wonder Izzy found him inspiring. If only she’d have believed in her own light x
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  5. November 28, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    That is so beautiful and so moving. I had tears in my eyes before I’d even started reading! Thanks for sharing that poem. It needs to be shared far and wide for teens and their parents everywhere. x
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  6. November 28, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Guys and gals, im just sick today so I cant visit the other entries but I promise to visit tomorrow when I feel better and comment =)


  7. November 28, 2013 / 12:27 pm

    I’ve been so touched by reading Izzy’s poem last week and this is a very fitting follow up, thanks Vic. Mich x
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  8. Stephanie
    November 28, 2013 / 9:43 am

    What a beautiful response to such a dreadful situation.
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  9. November 28, 2013 / 8:44 am

    What an incredibly moving piece. I am really lost for words. It is so important to raise awareness of bullying. Thank you for hosting xxx

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