ONLY FOOTPRINTS – Dec 2015, Grande-Synthe, Dunkirk
The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 1 million migrants arrived across Europe in 2015. The continuing refugee crisis is being met with hostility instead of compassion. The footprint reminds us of the long and dangerous journeys they’ve undertaken in the hope of a new life.
On the bathroom floor
I can smell the coffee burning
An addiction hanging like a wet towel
On a hook about to break.
I can’t move.
I am broken.
By the window
I am holding mirrors like shiny armour
Waiting for the sun
to fire back the light
so I can reflect it back
into darker corners of humanity.
Nobody’s getting any lighter.
We are broken.
Under clean sheets
I can’t feel the heat of orgasm
I am apologizing to the wall
for the dead little feet on the shore
for the cold hands in the camps
for the cold hearts in the shopping malls.
Unborn children have turned their backs to us.
They are broken.
In the cold sky
We see Hummingbirds
Saving destitute clouds – one tea at a time.
I have touched their beaks of love
But the hunters keep shooting more clouds down
and they are hanging heavy on humanity.
Jeta B, October 2015
Written after my first trip to Calais Jungle with the Hummingbird Project. We served over 1000 cups of tea over a rainy and muddy weekend.
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