The Refugee Sonnet

As a woman, Irish and white
With the free and safe choice to move
I realise I will always be alright
As the harrowing stories of refugees prove.

The drowned, dead child shed light
On the issue. The people’s shocked sadness had brewed.
But the rich and racist delay their plight
Since their political ideas are misconstrued.

The Syrians protested Assad in 2011.
Now thousands murdered, millions more in danger.
You big-wigs anticipate the next September or 7/7
You think they’re ISIS, since they’re darker skinned strangers.

Look Europe, these people are like you and me,
Only they know it’s better to die at sea.

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