They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)



  1. Hi, sir I am in yr11 from sydney I really liked ur poem and studying as a related text can you please help me I want to know what technique did you use to portray both parralel (good and bad) side to the poem
    Thank you!

    1. Thanks very much for getting in touch. I borrowed the device of a poem that reads differently backwards than it does forwards, from a poem called The Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed. I really like how the structure can disorientate the reader. best wishes, Brian

  2. Wow, Brian I just discovered your Refugees poem from a friend today who published it on FB. Absolutely brilliant and so well executed! I have since checked out and shared many of your poems with friends, Instagram and FB because it is so good and I have so much work to catch up on.

  3. Thank you so much for this. It is a wonderful poem that we are going to read during out march on the 10th of December, celebrating Human Rights day.

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