Presentation Secondary School

  • Ale Mercado illustration for An Irish Parish poem

    An Irish Parish

    It was a lazy Sunday. Getting up late was a seldom treat, The day living up to its name as my eyes squinted at opening the blind. I decided to go for a walk, looking for something to write. I heard the distant sound of a car so I automatically stepped off the road. An […]

  • Illustration for home by Ale Mercado


    Blocks of flats on the Ballymun road, My brain’s gone into bleedin’ overload. Ma’s on the couch and i just can’t see How the hell she came up with me. Walking down the street Where the greenmen meet, Couldn’t see it then They were so discreet. Ma’ grabbed my by the arm, No she didn’t […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for It don't Matter To Us poem

    It Don’t Matter To Us

    Kids in agony at home waiting on hospital beds Been waiting two years, the urgency’s gone to red See their stories on the news, the next day it’s out of our heads Sure why would we care? It don’t matter to us. One of Mam’s friends on her way home from town The next day […]

  • Ale Mercado Illustration for My Poem by Louise Kelly

    My Poem

    They say education is most important Yet my first day of secondary school I got given out to Because I had 2 pairs of earrings in my ears They say education is most important Yet they seem more focused On if we have our hair dyed too colourful Or if we don’t have acceptable shoes […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for That Single question poem

    That Single Question

    For who knows how many years, People have been pondering, Asking themselves that single question, What is the purpose of my life? From when I was a small child, I always knew what I wanted to do, I was going to be an artist, and share my art with the world. Never once did I […]

  • Ale Mercado illustration for A Foggy Future

    A Foggy Future

    At first, I had it all figured out. My future, that is. I knew what courses I wanted to do; What colleges to attend. But now, I’m not so sure. My once bright and clear future Has become shrouded in fog, With no clear path of where to go. I’ve been told by many people […]

  • Illustration by Alé Mercado for poem Bullying


    It will make you fight to breathe It will make you think the darkest things It will visit you every day, taunting you It will make you cry every last year until you are emotionless and empty It will write your story where you can’t change the ending It will smother you and try to […]

  • Illustration by Ale Mercado for Footsteps


    I walk down a dark and vacant street I hear the sound of rustling leaves and my moving feet Shadows creep along the concrete walls The rhythm of my heart quickens as my chest rises and falls The moon is hidden behind the backlit whisky clouds Darkness is spelled across the alleyways and there isn’t […]

  • illustration by Ale Mercado for poem Fixed


    We are shunned and made to believe That the world is not as bright as we would like to perceive. That the silver lining is just a trick of the eyes, That anything pure is tainted with lies. Cover my mouth with a sticker labelled child, I said they lived happily ever after, and I […]