he thought it was safe to bring his beloved here,
he thought we would care
for what you’ve been through.
he thought we would see the beauty and goodness he saw
but what we saw was just another pair of illegals, jumping the queue.
how does he feel as he watches you suffer,
his sweet lovely flower fading before his eyes.
you give him a daughter born in this prison
but there is no joy in the birth of this child,
instead, anguish and worry for what will become of her,
you see the children around you,
how they stare blindly at nothing,
for there’s nothing here for them,
nothing but despair.
The young couple fled from one of the countries we labelled ‘The Axis of Evil’ when we needed to justify our ‘War on Terror’ ….. they thought they’d be welcome in Australia, that they would find sanctuary here for themselves and their unborn child. They were wrong. We imprisoned them in Baxter Detention Centre in the middle of nowhere, with barbed wire and the most rigorous of security. ‘Lily’ gave birth there to their daughter. They weren’t terrorists or criminals yet were treated as such. ‘Lily’ became very ill and depressed and still they were not set free. There were people ready to take them into their own homes, vouch for them and help them settle into their new land. Permission was denied. Not much has changed, has it? When the Jewish people tried to seek refuge from persecution, extermination, they were also denied, boatloads turned back. And all these decades on, we have learnt nothing from that.