You've read the news stories about the separation of immigrant families in the United States. You will be aware of the message Melania Trump carried on her coat. Poets have responded, from both sides of the Atlantic. Read what they have to say, this weekend, at Poetry24.

Friday, 6 June 2014


And seventy years later

you will return to the spot

where we landed, young

and full of fear.

With the comfort of distance

you will recall

how we trudged

through a darkness

not our own

and how our lives blurred

with every step.

In a quiet moment

you may shudder

at what could have been,

while we look down

and marvel at the world

we created, happy

that the pressing issues of the day

can be beaten

into a cocked hat.

Maurice Devitt

Maurice Devitt dabbles occasionally in poetry and has had poems accepted by various journals in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Australia and Mexico. He is a founder member and chairperson of the Hibernian Writers’ Group.

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