Tuesday, December 10, 2013


She, your daughter or perhaps your niece,
has worked with refugees,
sewn on limbs blown off by mines,
read homelessness in women’s eyes –
the pain of the dispossessed.

You, an insurance man, say
‘they should better have weighed
the risks, avoided the temptation
of escape, stayed at home
for goodness sake!’

Safe and bored in suburban freedom,
you cannot imagine danger
surrounding your home
with paralysing fear
a time-bomb slowly ticking.

previously published on Catapult to Mars

1 comment:

PJ said...

There's no freedom in safety is there? I think it's always better to take a risk, at least every once in a while.