Refugees!

 

“Any

spare

change

please”

choking

on my

remaining

pride

broken

English

disapproving

stares

sailing by

dare to

open up

my

big brown

eyes

blood

shot

gaze

shifts down

towards

the filthy

concert

ground

a penny

drops

hear a

tiny sound

of

Copper

“You can

not sit

here

sonny

begging

for money”

move along

moved

a long

way from

home

alone

ice cold

chill

crashes

against

these

bones

feel broken

shoes

without

any soles

holes

held together

with my

remaining

dignity

why do

they seem

so scared

of me

only a

child

colour of

my skin

wearing

thin

as I

listen

to their

distasteful

chatter

words

more

deadly

than

bullets

dodged

escaping

invisible

boundaries

fearless

running

knowingly

hoping

grass

will be

greener

on the

other

side

pavements

curb

crawling

obscene

memories

abusive

dreams

“Move along

sonny

you are

causing

a sense”

what does

he mean

pulled up

ouch

that hurts

marched away

in disgrace

mother

said

we would

be safer

when we

reached this

place

“Any

real

change

please”

no not

for us

refugees.

 

MM c 2015

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