Choose Love Book cover
Created: 4th May, 2023

The Trials

First the trial of escape:

leaping from the monster’s mouth while its jaws snap;

fleeing with the flames and famine licking at your heals;

nights of terror wondering about the ones

you had to leave behind.


Then the trial of distance:

jolting in the back of stinking trucks with fifty others;

trying to keep your child warm in falling snow;

bleeding feet, nowhere to wash,

men screaming in language you don’t understand.


But now you have arrived, the worst trial:


Waiting with no country, no place to go, no job to do,

while someone decides if what you’ve suffered is enough.



© Nicola Davies, from Choose Love, Graffeg 2022