Day 26.2 NaPoWriMo 2021

Screenshot of The Guardian’s front page

Migrants’ Shadows

Their shadows ride
on utopian tides,
following every sunset.
Go west, go west, there’s

no rest in gnawing cold.
Dragged through grass,
through mud and hill,
the weak, the mad, the ill.

They ride the waves, SOS,
god save our souls. Those
sinking feathers, plumage
clouds, shadows in the sea.

Written for Miz Quickly’s Day 26  Image screen-grab of today’s newspaper. 27 migrants die in over-loaded dingy when it deflated in the English Channel. ©Misky 2021 Shared with #apoemaday on Twitter

16 responses to “Day 26.2 NaPoWriMo 2021”

  1. Awesome capture of horrible, horrifying news, Misky. Thanks.

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    1. The whole station is a nightmare, Ron.

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  2. Go west, go west, there’s

    no rest in gnawing cold.

    Wow, Misky, this poem is very, very intense.


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  3. Powerful portrayal of an awful situation. Shortlisted for my 2021 top 3. 👏

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    1. Thanks, Hobbo. I’m delighted to make your list.

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      1. You have two on it!


        1. Do I now! By the way, how are getting on with your publisher?

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          1. You do. The publishing is a waiting game at the moment, waiting for them to send me the draft manuscript. Thanks for asking!


            1. A few years back, I was an archivist for a poetry journal/publisher, and I’ll tell you truly, it’s no easy task putting poems into a sensible, sensitive, reader-friendly order. ❤️

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            2. 😂 Especially difficult if the poems are neither, sensible, sensitive or reader-friendly!

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            3. It might make the task easier because there’s a similar vein running through them all.

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  4. Gosh awful. But so skilfully written

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  5. “Their shadows ride/on Utopian tides”

    Great beginner for this poem.

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