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Poem: Refugee

Cold walls enclose them
In a way a mother’s arms should 
Their suffering wails go unheeded
By fathers in black uniforms
Who are uncaring guardians
Of children who fled homes
Seeking shelter from violence
To find safety in a distant country
And safe in iron cage shelters
Safe from love and companionship
Safe from the knowledge
That they may never be reunited
With family sent back to violence
So they sit just out of view
Of their wardens’ evening news
Waiting in loneliness for a verdict
From a jury chooses to not see them
What is deliverance from suffering
When each destination is tragedy

Copyright © 2021 TJS Sherman All rights reserved.

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