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End of Refugee Rainbow

written by: Sultana Raza

 

Rode endlessly admin’s merry-go-round,

Eternally waited for the case to be resolved.

For weren’t they like beggars, in desperate straits?

Until they were admitted, or refused on thin grounds.

Government policies? Or puzzles to be solved?

Elected officials could bend rules of State.

Eager for new homes, hopes got revived,

Shocked and awed by senseless crimes,

Hid, ran, starved and somehow survived,

Ended up faraway, escaped war grime.

Left to scramble in refugee camps,

Till their stories were reduced by bureaucrats,

Etched on cold sheets; they lived like tramps.

Rounding off their numbers are uncaring stats.

Suffering from nostalgia, and PTSD,

Roved, ran, rowed, for exhausting miles.

Under flimsy tent found a friend overseas,

Not much can replace a welcoming smile.

Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza has a Master of Arts in English Literature. Her poems have appeared in 40+ Journals, including Caduceus (Ed. Yale University), Columbia Journal, and The New Verse News. More poems have appeared in Gramma, Enclave, Entropy, Poetry24, The Society of Classical Poetry, Bewildering Stories, Spillwords, and The Peacock Journal.
Her fiction has been published online (Coldnoon Journal), and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train Review (USA). Her 100+ articles (on art, film, and humanitarian issues) have appeared in English and French. She has presented her fiction and poetry in Creative Writing Panels in international conferences in the US and Europe, where she’s also presented papers on Romanticism (Keats) and Fantasy (Tolkien).
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