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Poem by Michael Rosen

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lindenlea, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Thursday, 3 September 2015
    People run

    People run away from war:
    my father’s uncle and his wife
    ran away from war.
    They ran from one side of France to another.
    But the authorities divided people up:
    some who ran away were good;
    some, like my father’s uncle and his wife,
    were not so good:
    they were not born in France.
    So they were put on a list
    and had everything taken away from them.
    They heard that people like them were
    being put on trains and sent away to the east.
    So they escaped and ran across France
    This was a good move,
    they were safe now,
    all they had to do was wait.
    While they were waiting
    the authorities in this place got defeated,
    they were seized, put on a train
    put in a transit camp, then on another train
    to another camp,
    where they were killed.
    People run away from war.
    Sometimes we get away.
    Sometimes we don’t.
    Sometimes we’re helped.
    Sometimes we aren’t.
    grumpydogwoman and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Just read this and thought I'd share it. It doesn't make the issues any clearer for me but for some people, like Rosen, there just isn't an alternative to helping.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    If only it were so simple! I don't think that disingenuous 'poems' like this are helpful.
    racroesus and Vince_Ulam like this.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I don't think it's a poem.
  5. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Neither do I. That's why I put inverted commas round the word.
  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Overrated over-reacher is Mr. Rosen.
  7. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I think it is a pretty bleak comment on the human condition. In fact it's not a simple plea for humanitarian support for all refugees, ignoring the complexities, it's a comment on what actually happens. We're human, sometimes we are kind and sometimes - for whatever reasons - we aren't. Life is perilous, sometimes people are cruel and families suffer most horribly.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  8. TonyGT

    TonyGT Established commenter

    Doesn't even rhyme. Back to being an internet meme Rosen

  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I'm assuming it'll be published in an anthology for children. I definitely see it as such. Not that adults shouldn't read it but it does appear to me to be written for youngsters.

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