Last year, at the height of the pandemic, Tomos Roberts’s delightful video-poem, The Great Realisation, went viral and captured the hearts of many.
Earlier this year, the spoken-word poet and filmmaker — who was born in New Zealand to Welsh parents — wrote another poem. This one is an impassioned plea to our world leaders to take heed of what is happening around them and to take action to make a difference. It is called “Dear World Leader.”
Tomos was inspired to write The Great Realization while homeschooling his seven-year-old brother and sister, and the resulting film includes a cameo from his brother, Cai. Since its release, Tomos’s heartfelt poem has been watched by tens of millions, bringing with it newspaper and TV interviews, high-profile endorsements, and thousands of messages of appreciation from around the world.
The poet who now lives in London has now produced another one that is sure to go viral. You can watch his newest poem here — and it is really worth the time. He begs the world leaders to “Just encourage us.” And he talks of the greatest and most rousing speeches through history that inspired and led and drove change: “Shakespeare’s Henry V, Churchill’s fighting on the beaches; Martin’s dreams…”
Some of his best lines include: “They found verse in adversity…”; “We’re stuck on one narrative and it’s always alarmist / So a word to the wise, don’t discourage the artists…”; “To encourage gives courage / That’s why it’s part of the word.” Do listen for yourselves.