Edinburgh’s Homeless Young People – a poem


They have no need of our help,
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or I
Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
Cut-throats and thieves

They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from

They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our city

Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us

A city should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from the bottom to the top)

(adapted from Bill Bilston’s poem The Refugees”)



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