A love made stronger

through desperation and fear

      not a word spoken between them

      at the airport lounge. 


Arrival with belongings on his back

the pale young man clasping the other

bigger, stronger, equally bereft. 


Fugitives from normality

deprived of rights

haunted by separated lonely nights


and now the questions begin

why and how,

where will they go?

answers that only the helpers know. 




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Fri 10th Jul 2020 12:30

Thanks Stephen for looking in and liking.

Jennifer, thanks so much. I rewrote this to make it more immediate. Heartbreaking stuff as you rightly say. (re Mark's comment).


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jennifer Malden

Thu 9th Jul 2020 15:23

Great writing Ray! There are so many people fleeing from brutal regimes nowadays, it's heartbreaking. Your poems always give us food for thought.


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Tue 7th Jul 2020 22:30

Yes Mark, the very same . I found it affecting and unsettling. I always find the Storyville series interesting. Thanks .

Thanks for looking in Po.


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M.C. Newberry

Tue 7th Jul 2020 15:12

Was this inspired by a very recent late evening documentary on TV?
It was riveting television, with ordinary people facing extreme risks
and taking the same to escape from a brutal unforgiving regime...

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