Tuesday, 8 January 2019


In Syria, a boy of thirteen

was sent home on 31 December

                                          a warning.

New Year supplements show luxury London

apartments offering a snow room

                 so people can experience winter.

In Canada, Syrian families get to know cold

                               fierce winter chills.

They already know ice.

The kind that enters your heart

never yields

                to love or warmth again.

© Rona Fitzgerald

Shock of the cold: 50,000 Syrian refugees learn to survive -20C in Canada

Rona Fitzgerald has poems in UK, Scottish, Irish and US publications. Highlights include the Stinging Fly 2011, Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry 2016, Oxford Poetry 2017, Poems for Grenfell Tower, Onslaught Press 2018 and #Me Too, Fair Acre Press, 2018.