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Asylum seeker`s plea

by roovacrag 

Posted: 16 February 2004
Word Count: 117
Summary: Plea to the queen,by letter.

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Your majesty hear my plea
from my country i did flee
fought and fought
to help the people
condemned for what i did.

I beg your majesty let me be
in a country where i can be free
to help mankind.

I will work
ask for nothing
once accepted
I will do good.

A Doctor I am
i beg and plea
your majesty
help me.

The killing
The squalor
The begging
The deaths.

Humanity gone
all laid to rest
all i could do
was my best.

If i go back
firing squad takes aim
all of my family
will get the same.

So your Majesty
hear my plea
lets build a country
where they can be free.

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miffle at 18:11 on 16 February 2004  Report this post

Liked the idea of an asylum seeker actually getting to speak, face to face with the Queen - or have I missed something!? It's a poignant image.

Also found the reference to his professionalism i.e. 'Doctor' poignant too. I think that the fact that many asylum seekers are professionally qualified is often overlooked in the UK Media.

Also, I like the idea of imagining yourself into someone else's shoes - I think you've done it a few of your previous poems (?) and perhaps I'll try a 'persona' in one of mine soon...Thought provoking, nikki ;-)

igbit33 at 18:28 on 16 February 2004  Report this post
This is indeed a subject to write on. May I commend you for doing so and add, from reading this, it clearly has real meaning to you. Good on you Al.

Ig. xx

Fearless at 19:31 on 16 February 2004  Report this post
Whisky AllieJoy

Something that needed be expressed. A poem that conjures much in my mind this evening.


Chem at 07:30 on 17 February 2004  Report this post

This poem really made me think about the asylum situation from a different perspective, for a lot longer than I would normally. I like the way in which you have written it, turning the situation around on it's head. Like Nikki said, the UK media do a fantastic job of only portraying one side and I think it makes people very blinkered!

Good poem and well written and, yes, incredibly thought provoking.


Poetic at 14:56 on 26 February 2004  Report this post
What a breathe of fresh air to be able to hear the ‘voice’ and see the point of view of the asylum seeker; especially in the current scare mongering climate. Well done.

Lawrenco at 23:50 on 26 February 2004  Report this post
When you here asylum seekers more often than not mentioned as economic migrants and blamed as it were for all and sundry. Its this poem that puts the humanity in and the bigotry out. What a slanted view we are constantly fed!This poem really calls to me in a "Less we forget", kind of way it grabs your attention ,uncompromising;the Queen I presume represents the the top of the pile of the establishment ,that is effectivly orchastrating his possible demise .Great stuff,Alice! see ya in the written word. Lawrenco.

Emotion at 15:55 on 29 February 2004  Report this post
The voice of asylum seeker - I like the idea of this voice being heard.
very good


roovacrag at 12:27 on 12 September 2004  Report this post
Would like to thank all on my poem,Asylums seekers plea.

Just been approached for it to be read out in a Christmas dinner.

I have given appoval for this.

Just shock I got so many replys to it.

xxxxx Alice


Approval.. Lousy at spelling.xx

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