We Refugees Poem by Benjamin Zephaniah

We Refugees

Rating: 3.5

I come from a musical place
Where they shoot me for my song
And my brother has been tortured
By my brother in my land.

I come from a beautiful place
Where they hate my shade of skin
They don't like the way I pray
And they ban free poetry.

I come from a beautiful place
Where girls cannot go to school
There you are told what to believe
And even young boys must grow beards.

I come from a great old forest
I think it is now a field
And the people I once knew
Are not there now.

We can all be refugees
Nobody is safe,
All it takes is a mad leader
Or no rain to bring forth food,
We can all be refugees
We can all be told to go,
We can be hated by someone
For being someone.

I come from a beautiful place
Where the valley floods each year
And each year the hurricane tells us
That we must keep moving on.

I come from an ancient place
All my family were born there
And I would like to go there
But I really want to live.

I come from a sunny, sandy place
Where tourists go to darken skin
And dealers like to sell guns there
I just can't tell you what's the price.

I am told I have no country now
I am told I am a lie
I am told that modern history books
May forget my name.

We can all be refugees
Sometimes it only takes a day,
Sometimes it only takes a handshake
Or a paper that is signed.
We all came from refugees
Nobody simply just appeared,
Nobody's here without a struggle,
And why should we live in fear
Of the weather or the troubles?
We all came here from somewhere.

Ewa Espling 28 May 2008

beautiful...and so real.... tank you

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Ewa Espling 28 May 2008

beautiful...and so real.... tank you

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big boi6969 17 October 2018

stay away from my home ***** and go back to where you came from

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Maria Gonzalez 04 August 2015

I can relate to this poem. It speaks truth.

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Very forthright and matter of fact poem. High class poetry. Most pertinent issue dealt with convincingly.

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Chinedu Dike 15 June 2022

Really an interesting story insightfully written with conviction....

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