Poetry – From refugee camps 25 Nov 2015 By Paul McElhinney

6 years ago faa 0

The Jungle’s highway, where the refugees travel
Tents sinking in the mud, amidst the harsh gravel.
Continents are crossed to reach this place,
Would it be so hard for us to offer an embrace?

From Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia,
Varied people flood into this modern dystopia.
They make their way from Iraq and Syria,
Hearts full of hope, that they’ll meet the criteria.

An act of brave and untold desperation,
Thousands dreaming of their legalisation,
Hope for a life not beset by brutality,
Where now is our western morality?

We take for granted safety and security,
Whilst they fade into complete obscurity,
They fly from their oppressive regimes,
Would we not all share similar dreams?

Hope and despair are sisters here,
People come and go and just disappear,
Such beauty in the small things of life,
Not having to worry about previous strife.

Every night, the bold dance with the trains,
And we just casually scrape up their remains,
“Shit, our bloody train has been delayed
Fuck giving more of that foreign aid”

Where is our compassion and solidarity?
With our brothers and sisters in humanity.
What sort of world do we leave behind?
For the next generation of mankind…

 Paul McElhinney

In a refugee camp somewhere in Europe:  https://therovingaye.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/poetry/#more-2

 

A public reading of another Paul McElhinney poem on the Underground, in London:

Related Posts

Decision Making – Concensus

faa 6 years ago
Consensus Decision Making Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group. Instead of simply voting for an item and... Read More

#IraeliApartheidWeek actions by Football Against Apartheid

faa 5 years ago
Football Against Apartheid (FAA)  has kicked off its campaign with actions at three major events over the weekend of 25 & 26 Feb.    The campaigners against the  extreme form... Read More

Football Associations with a vital vote at the FIFA that you can influence by signing the petitions below (Please sign all) calling for the peaceful expulsion of Apartheid Israel from world football

faa 8 years ago
Iceland: https://chn.ge/1dKyjVT Northern Ireland https://chn.ge/Pad84v Scotland: https://chn.ge/1jg4cWa Wales: https://chn.ge/1gzdJY8 England: https://chn.ge/1hyusqK Republic of Ireland: https://chn.ge/PaZb6y New Zealand: https://chn.ge/1hvyio6 Canada: https://chn.ge/1dKdk5Y Solomon Islands: https://chn.ge/1glvvt2 Samoa: https://chn.ge/Oc96aN Cook Islands; https://chn.ge/OcbJJw Tonga:... Read More

FIFA must not treat Apartheid Israel more favourably than Apartheid South Africa

monty 3 years ago
Football Against Apartheid drafted the following resolution calling on FIFA to help the Palestinian people 40 of whom have been killed and 5,551 injured by Israeli sniper-fire, using explosive... Read More

Leave a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*