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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Short History of the 'Refugee Crisis'

- Look at what's happening! Look! the newspapers said. The people looked.
- Look at what's happening! Look at what's happening! Look! Look! the politicians said. The people looked.
- Isn't it terrible? Look! Look! the newspapers and the politicians said. The people looked.
Horrified by what they were seeing and horrified by how the newspapers and the politicians were standing by and pointing, the people took to caravans and ferries and went over to the people the newspapers and the politicians were pointing at.
- They do not speak on our behalf, the people said, pointing to the newspapers and the politicians. What do you need?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

i loved a city

i loved a city
the pulse of the city was a song
the song was a hum and crackle
a trembling
a feeling if you stood still for too long
straddling the roads, feeding the city,
you would be pulled in,
pulled up
burned, turned to ash
consumed

Monday, 19 June 2017

maybe you were right

maybe you were right

maybe you get so used
to feeling trapped that
you don't see a way out, that
when the worst happens,
you stay fairly balanced
because you expected it

you throw away / push away /
give away / let go of /
sully / abandon
that which can lead
to other ways of being
because you don't believe
things can be different

Monday, 12 June 2017

who stayed?

leaving,
setting off
and getting off,
who did you say goodbye to?

who said
farewell
stay
don't go?

who followed?

who stayed
keeping watch
hoping you'd come back?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

journeying

you left home
and have been many things
in many places

you stayed alive
even as the journey took from you
everything you thought you knew
about what it means to be alive

how do you keep moving
when the journey stops making sense?