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

i carry the sea (thirty years)

say if, when you come along you wish for every dash of the ancient sea i
shall take my self far beyond the depths of the liquid world far beyond
the lume of the liquid light (for thirty years) i would hold my breath
dive to the abyss of the ancient sea
all the sea i would carry for you for you (for you) i would carry for you
all the sea i would carry for you i
would carry the sea in my arms

and say if, at all the true end, when the last breath has broke and
the last moon has set; say if, just then, you should wish for the world.
well i should take myself
far beyond myself
(for thirty years) I would carry the world
carry and cradle this fierce, tender world,
for you for you i would carry the world i would carry you love (in my arms).


Icarus crashes into this morning’s newsagency version of The Iliad

The Tamil and the Sudanese