Friday, September 06, 2013

Boat people - a poem

Here's a poem I actually posted last September. I've noticed it's appearing of late on Facebook, and I thought I'd post it again (and it's a shame really, that this has to be in any way "political").

Picture from here.

Boat People

Torn from
their moorings
by tempestuous events,
cast upon open seas
hoping for
distant kindness.
Crowded undernourished
ill-equipped
they float
under God's eye
menaced by fears.

They drift
in the
shoreless conscience
of our world.

Their frail light
flickers
in ocean's night.

Bruce L. Smith 1984
I'll Not Pretend

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