Where To? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Sunday – Fugacious


Photo: news.com.au. Syrian refugees 2015.


“There is absolutely no solidarity in the West towards its own victims, and the recent ‘refuge crisis’ is direct proof of it.”  Andre Vitchek


Where To?

This fugacious life
where lives fall off,
from Bethlehem to Alexandria,
Kampala to London,
Kabul to Islamabad,
Jaffna to Darwin,
bullets and noose,
leaking tents with
open dreams,
desperate souls
risking boiling seas,
dashing fear on rocks of despair,
holding child heirlooms,
selling dignity,
leaving identity,
trading death for death,
broken spirits seeking refuge
in resistant places
west of our insouciance,
hoping against hope.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, politics, quote, Refugees

27 responses to “Where To? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It should come as no surprise that the US is granting about 90+% fewer asylum petitions under the Trump administration than had previously been granted.

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  2. Thank you for writing and posting this poem. I need to be reminded of the plight of the rest of the world.

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  3. I feel so lucky to be where I am.

    Sent from my iPad


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  4. Amy

    trading death for death… hoping against hope. Heart wrenching.

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  5. “Holding child heirlooms”. Oh! So true!

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  6. We have no choice in where we’re born, and can’t predict what may come to pass, but I’m very thankful to be born in this land of peace and in this era.
    Thanks for participating in the prompt and sharing these powerful thoughts.

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  7. We are too much in our comfort zone. That will soon fall on our feet. These are only refugees whom we must help out of humanity. But a migration of peoples will begin, just as our ancestors came to Europe, from Africa. I can only mention it with shame: my own country, Germany, had never seriously taken in migrants before. We had guest workers, but no one who wanted to live with us in this country. This distinguishes Germany – with a bad past – from most other countries in the world. Michael

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  8. blindzanygirl

    Some things leave us lost for words, but you have produced something so powerful and stirring. What a world we do live in!

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  9. Charis Counselling

    A solemn reminder of the atrocities on our door step – well said


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