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.

big boi6969 17 October 2018

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

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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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Maria Gonzalez 04 August 2015

I can relate to this poem. It speaks truth.

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Diana Van Den Berg 13 November 2015

I love the truth and the courage and the final optimism of this poem, and of course the beauty of the words and images. People say “as free as a bird” but birds aren’t free. They have to look out for birds/ animals/ humans of prey – but they have the courage to live their lives with exhilaration and sing in the face of it – as you say we should do too, and you are so right.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 21 December 2023

Reread for so many times, stilla very fascinating poem, an immortal one and dear Benjamin speaks the truth. Iam very very sad that he died now. May he R.I.P.

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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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