Finding Refuge

This week is Refugee Week. A week that celebrates the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking asylum.

A few months ago Jan and I went to a reading at Simply Books in Bramhall given by the poet Brian Tilston.  We bought a copy of his book “Days Like These – An alternative guide to the year in 366 poems”.  Brian’s writing can be funny, witty and serious.  This is his poem for 20 June.  I reproduce it here in full –  without his permission.  I hope that he will forgive me.


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 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 this poem backwards)

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