Think Again – Refugees

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If you ever feel your tears

More significant than his.

If you ever believe your fears

Are more harrowing than his.

If you think her pain doesn’t cut as deep

Or her loss of a loved one

Is somehow incomplete.

Then you need to think again.

She may be in Aleppo and on the TV news

But try if you can, put yourself in her shoes.

Pregnant and trapped in a city destroyed,

She wanted to flee

But it was impossible to avoid.

An endless killing spree.

She had her baby prematurely

But somehow he survived

He was in his incubator securely

When an air strike arrived.

They targeted the hospital

With a brutal bomb campaign

And little lives so brittle

Were taken with such pain.

That baby’s right to live

Was just as true as yours

His mother’s love to give

Went beyond all wars.

If you ever feel your tears

More significant than his.

If you ever believe your fears

Are more harrowing than his.

If you think her pain doesn’t cut as deep

Or her loss of a loved one

Is somehow incomplete.

Then you need to think again.

He may be in Calais and in the news,

But try if you can, put yourself in his shoes.

Driven from his country by incessant war

His family already decimated

Couldn’t take any more.

A perilous journey horrendously ill-fated.

Though he clung to his mother like glue

He’d never forget the terror

As he lost her at a border queue

Alone since that day from a fateful error.

The despair would only worsen

Though he fought on alone

Treated hardly like a person

He made it to the Jungle on his own.

At only 16, no-one knows where he is

Although they took his name

And his mother saw it on the list

She was too late to claim him, gone in the abyss.

No matter what religion

Or the colour of our skin

No matter where you come from

Or the beliefs you have within

We deserve the same protection

Dignity and care

Compassion is more than a reflection

It’s the very heart of prayer.

Copyright  © Sophie Harrington (2016)

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Vote Out Racism (Post-Brexit referendum)

 

They counted up the crosses

And the rift was laid bare

A chasm of endless losses

For all that was right and fair.

 

For many it was victory

While others were wracked with grief

Any triumph was contradictory

Because of the bigotry unleashed.

 

Betrayed by the elected

The lies went unchecked

Minds were infected

Treachery replaced respect.

 

A misplaced patriotism

By such a tiny few

Had clearly led to racism

And Britain had lost its glue. 

 

It must have been hiding

Ashamed in the dark

But when politicians began dividing

Prejudice began to spark.

 

So now we must stand united

And speak up for diversity

Because this country is blighted

By the worst perversity.

 

Every faith and background

Is always welcome here

It’s crucial now we resound

And make our message clear.

 

Please don’t go and leave us

We’ll all conquer this hate

We know it is worse than grievous

Together we’ll make it abate.

 

Whichever way you voted

Wherever you marked your cross

Let’s unite and stay devoted

Because love dwarfs capital loss.

Copyright  © Sophie Harrington (2016)

 

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