Refugee-Poem selected for Dawlish Trail 2016


A lifejacket whistle becomes a toy
Instead of a call for help

Chilling new games on the beach
Lives in limbo

While politicians and governments
Change their mind by the second

And young men whose muscles ache to work
And women who were used to wealth

And children who had a favourite stuffed bear
And a best friend who they shared lunch with

Are all equalised
A new label called “Refugee”

Stamped across their very being
Dismissed for having an expensive cellphone

And a lifejacket whistle becomes a toy
As they are rocked from shore to shore

–Jhilmil Breckenridge





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  1. Congratulations on the selection, Jhilmil! The poem comes together when you say that they ‘[a]re all equalised/A new label called “Refugee”‘. Great, strong work!


  2. Congratulations!!! You are gifted my dear. Wishing you a successful career as a writer. You will win great laurels I am sure. Being a professor of literature I am delighted. Our little girl has really grown with the sensibilities of a creative person – you are a star.


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