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

Hold On

If I can, can I?
keep your head
for you, and only you
locked, safely
in an asylum
when all about you
   Are losing theirs

and blaming
it on you;
headless cries from politicians who shake
hands after calls, deemed fake
alternative facts take the media
spin cycle
If lies were truth

If you can trust
after leaving
all but your self
to tempt fate, international
law and waters

the sea takes lives
bones swept ashore
strong rips
and undercurrents
a beach seeking refuge

ever yourself when all men doubt you,
in an island
detained until
the political climate changes
fickle and fraught with
discontent, “yours not mine”
disowning ownership costs
lives and lies
with one
county or another
not you
ever yourself

   Don’t make allowance
for their doubting too;
If you, you can but not
I would wait
with you
feel your fear
the torment of wanting
more than a futureless present
be tired of waiting
it is torture

   You’ve suffered
being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
But if you breathe a word about your loss;
you can fill the unforgiving minute

If you can watch the things you gave your life to broken,
   And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
and fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run—
   Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you
   Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on’.


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