'Expect the unexpected' by SAF-S2E

This article was first published in January 2020.

Meet 'The Future'

The Future is a series of short spoken-word films featuring inspirational poetry and performances from six up-and-coming young artists.

Each film presents a unique perspective on the future and confronts issues that really matter – from climate change to family ties, trusting in fate to the power of love. And they look pretty amazing too!

You can check out the whole series here.

Watch 'Expect the unexpected' by SAF-S2E

Meet SAF-S2E

SAF-S2E is a poet from Manchester. He describes his poetry as dark, philosophical and introspective; his delivery as authoritative and commanding.

SAF-S2E began writing poetry as a way to analyse, understand and clarify his own thoughts about the world around him. He says that the first time he performed he felt like he'd discovered his vocation – and he hasn’t stopped performing since.

His inspiration comes from everyday life. Poetry is everywhere, SAF-S2E says, and it’s the poet’s job to put this into words.

Poetry is the moment we wake up and the moment we fall asleep and everything in between.

About ‘Expect the unexpected’

SAF-S2E's poem 'Expect the unexpected' is all about trusting in fate and in the power of the universe.

Although we can't know what the future holds, SAF-S2E believes that we should have faith in destiny. He assures us that:

Everything happens for a reason.

Although not knowing what the future holds can be unsettling, SAF-S2E says that we should trust in ourselves, find our own truth and live with “pure intentions.”

The future is unexpected so don’t expect it.

'Expect the unexpected' by SAF-S2E

The empty face of a new time grace,
The heart pace
The now is a gift
That’s why they call it present
Cliché double entendre.
The one mind is a microcosm of the hive
So breathe life,

When the moon's blank while the night cries tearless.
The mindless constant would be to hide behind a facade of comforting pain;
There's never been the promise of a new day.
Pledge your innocence to the draping of a willow tree.
And let blood bleed for the cultivation of a better new
For more than new
For more than you
A modern you.
Straddle by the strains of a new day
They told you to obey.

How would you be you, if you never chose your way?
Solve the equation in your own sweet time.
Intentions should be your only constant,
Conformity is not an option.
We’ve been told too much.

Live in your mind for a while,
You’ll see more of you
Yesterday was tomorrow then today
Today was tomorrow
And tomorrow’s never promised
Don’t expect it
Thank for it
Ask and work for it
Never hope just optimise.

Distance yourself from the cycle of monetary false hope,
Because today the only true constant is unsighted wilderness,
Knowful and secretive
Comfort hand held by heart ache
God forsaken by choice is modern man.
The prospect of living more than man
being the merchant that sold a brethren to the cypher of a ruptured index.
Where the stranded moon man saw his cheese spent on his estranged marriage with death
Sourceless things don't end, the rope of a lie is short.

The price of a mother's tears lies under God’s pinkie toe
A rotten soul could ripen a miss loved loin fruit
Live in your mind for a while and you’ll know more of you
The future is unexpected so don’t expect it,
Just accept it.
Have faith in fate.

Meet the poets

Our six poets were finalists in the Words First talent development scheme, which saw BBC 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language come together to discover the best spoken word artists in the UK.

We asked the poets to write an exclusive poem for The Future and worked closely with them to develop the creative approach to the films.

To explore The Future, go to Bitesize Support or follow the links below.

You don't get to deal me my future

Card tricks by Christy Ku

There is a letter buried under my pillow waiting to be written

A letter to my mother by Amina Atiq

The answers will come soon,
there’s a scroll yet to unfurl in you

The best we can hope for the future is love by Esther Koch

I used to date the future
which was
a lot
to be honest

Boiling a frog by Tom Denbigh

Warnings, omens
to say what lies ahead may unpick your smugness
shake down the walls

Stick around by Birdspeed

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher, or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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'The best we can hope for the future is love' by Esther Koch