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

Shore of Refuge

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Large blue mouths
Try swallowing the boat
As it lingers on the edge of its doom.
Its sturdy, humble timbers
Offer a bare, harsh refuge
As it rides precariously on the wave.

The same things that condemn us
Keep us afloat.

As a blazing sun of hope
Eases from the horizon,
We arrive in peaceful waters
And run free on the soft green grass.

As I stood on the rubble I waved,
Knowing it was more than just family parting.
I still tried to stay brave for them
I tried to stay brave for all of us.

If I could run, if I could jump
If I could speak, if I could I would,
But instead I stand waving.

I often fantasise what could have been
What would have been
If I could have.


For those who come across the sea