We welcomed them eighty years ago
from the shadows of the night of broken glass
to the streets of Britain and beyond, child refugees,
hungry and scared, in need of homes.
History should not be allowed
to repeat itself; it’s our turn to act,
to learn from the past and protect
children fleeing conflict and persecution now.
There’s another page of history to turn and complete,
not with the sufferings of refugees
uprooted from their homes to flee,
but with courage of words and fearless feet.
Kim M. Russell, 10th January 2019
My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman: What We Save Saves Us, also linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night
Sherry is back this week with Wordy Thursday and she reminds us, with words and images, of the plight of child refugees, particularly those arriving desperate and exhausted at closed Mexican-U.S. borders. She writes of patriarchy, social injustice and environmental disaster.
She also reminds us that women are doing all they can: they are being elected in the midterms in the U.S. and marching in protest, to make us and to encourage us to support the thousands of children at the border.
Whether we march or don’t march, we can join our voices to those working hard to birth a better world, so Sherry asks us to write a poem of social commentary in free verse or form contemplating these issues, whether an elegy of sorrow for the children or a paean of tattered hope for all that needs saving.
I have written a poem using some of the words found in an article written for The Independent newspaper by Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.