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The Empathy Poems project is designed to raise awareness about the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.

Cedars

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a cedar.

A cedar whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing burqa;

A cedar that looks at Allah all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A cedar that may in summer wear
A nest of thrushes in her hijab;

Upon whose niqab snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by clods like me,
But only Allah can make a tree.

 

Ten Scared People

Historic Torso of Apollo