Nowhere else to go

autumn

Boatloads of starving refugees,
fleeing their country in terror,
in search of a safe haven,
arrive on our shore seeking shelter.

They tell the horrors endured,
Herded off the boats, confined,
fed and given time to rest,
then sent back out to sea.

Humanity at its ugliest,
empathy missing, compassion lost,
Fear to open our door,
for then we become their guardians.

Reaching our shores weak and starving,
a sight that is heartbreaking,
where do you send a people
with nowhere else to go.

From the arrival of Vietnamese and Bosnian refugees,
Each time I have closed my heart slowly.
And today came the Rohingya refugees.
Don’t judge me my lack of compassion.

How can any country get away,
with atrocities committed to its people.
This barbaric thing called ethnic cleansing,
is nothing more than mass murder.

Wake up nations of the world!
Displaced people in foreign lands,
their numbers keep growing, in leaps and bounds.
In my hometown I have become the foreigner.

By C.E. Pereira
(19-5-2015)

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Author: cepcarol

I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

4 thoughts on “Nowhere else to go”

    1. My thanks for reblogging this on your website. The candle of hope is still burning…. compassion and love will survive.

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