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I Like to Be

I like to be in Afghanistan.

Okay for me in my own Sudan.

I like to be one team Iran.

I like to play in peace when I can.


I like to be safe, without war.

Bring it right on, early doors.

I like to play, win, and score.

I like to be welcome on your shore.


Bullets for me, not in Hertfordshire.

Jumpers for goalposts, yes in Yorkshire.

No penalty kicks in Shropshire.

I'd clean the boots of Lincolnshire.


If you’re all white in Bedfordshire,

then you're alright in Wiltshire.

One look at us in Middlesbrough,

they’ll think twice in Peterborough.


No welcome dream for us in England, 

more years of hurt, that’s for sure.

No safe space for us, we're alien, 

England’s sold-out; crammed brim full.

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John Gilbert Ellis

Fri 6th Oct 2023 23:54

Thanks for the comments Stephen and Uilleam. A government committed to dealing with such grim situations and not demonising would be good.

And thanks to everyone for the likes as well.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 6th Oct 2023 07:36

Well done, John. I am humming the tune as I read it. Serious point, though.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Thu 5th Oct 2023 22:22

Thanks John.
Message to HM gov: Restore refugee safe and legal routes please.

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John Gilbert Ellis

Wed 4th Oct 2023 14:52

Based on the ‘West Side Story’ song ‘America’ but reset to football, England, and our inability to deal with other people in trouble, people looking for refuge.

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