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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