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, 29 August 2014


Not old enough to vote or wed
or give consent,
but old enough to be transferred                   
by men to men;

Not old enough to drive a car,
have overdrafts or credit cards,
but old enough to be exchanged;

Not old enough to live alone or own a home,
but old enough to be deceived;
to be perceived as third and fourth class citizens,
as damaged goods and chattel;
to be consumed
and spent.

Not old enough to get a job, leave school,
or give consent,
but old enough to be consigned
by men to men.

©Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor has been writing and performing poetry since 2010, and loathes injustice to the core of her being.

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