Borders and Barriers

By Bill Fitzsimons

They come, and are still coming,
the distraught and disinherited
of the earth. Fleeing from war-ravaged
countries.: from poverty and hunger;
from death and broken bones.
They are shunted like cattle
across borders, both physical
and mental. And the most
daunting border of all – the English
Channel. Herded like beasts
onto small, unseaworthy boats,
These desperate people strive
to reach our shores.
And when they do ( many do not),
they are treated like dirt,
unwanted and unloved. These are
the borders and barriers we put
against our fellow humans.
Shame on us!

Bill Fitzsimons 2023

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