I need to go to Specksavers

My poetweet this morning responds to a reading of Genesis 3 It’s also the serpent that opens the eyes of the blind. And when they saw they sewed, dressing their nakedness, hiding their very selves behind blinds of honesty from one another, from God, forever, till another one with love opens the eyes of the […]

Refugees #7 poem for Refugee Week

Refugees can be read both ways. It can be read as if you don’t care. And it can be read as if you do. You can read it from top to bottom, or you can turn the world upside down and read it from bottom to top, depending on how you read the world. This […]

The British – and our refugee stock

Benjamin Zephaniah describes himself as a “Rasta Folkie”. He’s a well known British poet who plays the part of Jeremiah Jesus in Peaky Blinders (I love Peaky Blinders!). He comes from Wandsworth, Birmingham, which he describes as the “Jamaican capital of Europe”. I am posting a poem a day for Refugee Week. This poem is called The British and […]

Hungry Chair – a fourth poem for Refugee Week

Hungry Chair is my fourth poem to mark Refugee Week – picking up the “chair” theme of inclusion from Nicola Davies’s poem I posted yesterday, The Day the War Came. A common response to the refugee crisis is “there isn’t any room” – sometimes there is an apology about it, but usually not. Once in a while someone […]