(inspired by Calais, France– December 2015)


“I took a few steps and saw them, guys wearing uniforms with their dogs off the leash, carrying shiny, polished holstered guns…And the heavy pounding on their bodies, their bones scraping on the flooring, the thud made by the impact of their skulls on the steps, I can still hear all these sounds, all I have to do is close my eyes and I can see it all again…” 
— Adam, À l’abri de rien

He tried to escape from Calais
in the dead of the night,
murky channels a dead giveaway
to his dark silhouette.

They found him in the hooded van
caught red-glow in flashlights
going deep under surveillance
from authorities.

They beat him, beat him to the ground
his head bloodied like steak,
raw juices flowing rivers
left to blacken on pavement.

Shattered fucks on walkie-talkies
framed it as self-defense,
It was an accident, they said
headlines well-justified.

But what they had missed that night
inside of the Jungle
was the little part of his mind
seeking love in refuge.

© Rebecca Goes Rendezvous, 2022

21 thoughts on “Refugee (poem)

    1. Thank you very much, Leighton! I have several drafts of other travel poems waiting to be edited. Perhaps instead of the two-per-year I publish, maybe I’ll slip in an extra before this year’s end!

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  1. I’m torn between deciding if this is a beautiful poem or a horrifying poem. I guess it’s a little bit of both. You said a lot through very little words, and it came out eerily beautiful, Rebecca!

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    1. Very true, Andy. I actually wrote and set this post to publish prior to all that’s happening in the Ukraine. Definitely a coincidence, and definitely a sobering one.


  2. Such a raw piece of art! The goal of writing and publishing a poem is to provoke an emotion in the reader, and you’ve certainly have done it, Rebecca! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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