Thursday 23rd February 2016
I came across the poem by Brian Bilston and just had to include it in my blog.
A poet has forced people to re-think their prejudice against refugees with a startling poem highlighting the plight of those fleeing conflict and persecution.
Brian Bilston’s simply titled ‘refugee’ verse won praise for recounting the pains suffered by those seeking asylum in Europe in unexpected fashion – and in just 24 lines.
Read top-to-bottom as normal, his piece says refugees “are not welcome here”, calls on them to “go back to where they came from” and says “a place should only belong to those who are born there”.
But the poet adds a small request at the end of his poem: “Now read from bottom-to-top”. And the results are really something else…