Sunday Whirl (Wordle #128) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.
The words this week are:
ghosts, exact, patches, gathered, worship, spill
unbidden, hillside, where, swarm, edges, sharp
A tide of human misery
Has gathered to the north of us,
Mountains of humanity
Ready to spill over
And flood us,
Ready to swarm down,
And destroy us.
Like so many unbidden
And unpleasant vermin,
Illegal boat people,
But not real people.
Well, that’s the message,
But not the exact truth,
It is repeated over and over:
Hard, sharp and callously cold.
A demonization of desperate people
That edges on the paranoid,
And centres on the deceitful.
On vast patches of the Indian Ocean
People are dying.
Dying for no other reason than
They wanted something better
And political expedience demands
That they do not get it.
You, our glorious leader,
So proud of your saviour
As you worship each weekend
And dream of your paradise to come;
Where you walk on the hillsides covered
With flowers, young kittens and trilling birds,
Skipping through meadows with flaxen-haired children,
Pointing with joy at the clouds of butterfies…
Do you hear the murmur of the ghosts?
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013