Written for: Poetic Asides 2019 April PAD Challenge – Day 25
Write an exile poem.
They flee their countries in abject terror,
their journeys arduous, filled with danger.
So why do they chance this trial and error?
Their language is different; they are strangers
who live in constant fear of violent death.
A new place will offer hope, they’ll wager.
A chance for their children to draw fresh breath,
be educated, proud citizens
who contribute skills. They will not languish.
Their homeland holds no hope or provision,
yet we dismiss our families’ migration
to this new country of widespread vision.
These people are bullied, children taken.
Time has come for compassion; don’t forsake them.