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

Off Cottesloe

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I took my child to the water’s edge.
We walked the firm sand, foam
caressing our ankles. We watched
the surfers reading the waves, chest
and shoulders leading the curl
of the ocean, sunlight spearing
off the surface of the water.
Further out, we could see yachts
& jet-skis. Beyond them, a blue
cloud of smoke around an odd
wooden boat. My son was open
mouthed where I stood as tide
undermined the sand we balanced on.
Another boat, grey & streamlined, closed
on the limping craft as we watched.
I couldn’t see a rope, but soon
the coastguard & its quarry sank
below the dado. My son watched
the two boats disappear, salt
tears dropping into the sea,
the wind teasing our hair, the surfers
at their play, the tide withdrawing
into the vacant ocean.


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