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


What happens to a dream of asylum deferred?

          Does it flare up
match struck, petrol poured?

Or bloat like a man –
tossed overboard?

Does it reek like a Manus latrine?
Or wither on land –
like an unpicked bean?

Maybe it disappears
like the next boatload.

            Or does it explode?


The Tamil and the Sudanese

The End of Hope: Sonnet for a Soul Seeking Asylum