Refugees #7 poem for Refugee Week

The I don’t care look as worn by Ms Trump

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 poem is by the brilliant Brian Bilston, and is my final poem for Refugee Week 2018.


They have no need of our help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or me

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are

Chancers and scroungers

Layabouts and loungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our homes

Share our countries

Instead let us

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not okay to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who are born there

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at another way

Now read from bottom to top

Other poems I have posted for Refugee Week:are:

Home by Warsaw Shire

My Hazara People by Shukria Rezaei

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies

Hungry Chair by Denel Kessler

The British  by Benjamin Zephaniah


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