Garrett Westcott

A Refugee Christmas - Poem by Garrett Westcott

No turkey dinner for Christmas tonight
Not a single present under an imaginary tree
If they just find water on their desperate flight
They would be more grateful this Christmas than you or me
Just like these travelers on the African plain
A homeless man is searching for relief
It's just another refugee Christmas
All over the world and on the streets

The bombs and the missiles sing them a familiar tune
Although it doesn't sound like 'O Holy, Night'
The refugee camp is full of whispers
That it will be another Christmas full of fright
Or they'll be chased from their homes for who they are
Too black, too poor, too left, too right
It will be just another refugee Christmas
When the holy morn breaks first light

The Virgin Mary was with Child and assured
That her Son would be the Son of the Most High
But when they reached the town of Bethlehem
The innkeeper said read the 'no vacancy' sign
The refugees camped in a stable so cold
And the Holy Babe was born that blessed night
This was not just another refugee Christmas
For born this day was heaven's holy light


Topic(s) of this poem: Christmas

Comments about A Refugee Christmas by Garrett Westcott

  • (12/24/2016 5:14:00 AM)

    Refugee Christmas
    Thank you for this poem. I have used it in two church services over this Christmas period to bring out the message of the plight of refugees and the comparisons with the story of Mary & Joseph. for the record it was used in a redundant church at a candle lit service....St James, Churchend, attended by 170, Charfield, SW England, and a Mid Night Mass at Holy Trinity, Wickwar, SW England attebded by 100. I'm the vicar in the area. Seasons greetings to you and yours, Revd David Russell http: // (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 19, 2014

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