Fear Poem

The Voyage of Emigration

This poem deals with emigration. It is a tribute to those many ancestors who went before me on the dreaded coffin ships of old. It also deals with the renewed reality of emigration for my generation and the bitter pain it causes as families are torn apart. This poem is for anyone who has suffered such a fate or has had a loved one leave them in search of a better life.

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The Voyage


Published: June 2011

The vessel's memories haunt the gloom of the night,
I survey its changed shape since days of yore,
As I stumble, tremble and fumble to the fore,
The mute faces stare with hope as they might,
Dreaming of the New World's coming at first light,
The pining youth cross the threshold of the door,
They are visibly stricken and shaken to the core;
We are ghastly, haggard shells and filled with fright,
As our modern voyage sails into the shades of night.

My heart breaks;
A mother's fears,
A sister's tears,
My soul quakes,
A brother nears,
My Earth shakes.



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