Oceans Apart By Andrew Diamond

Make sure you don’t miss out on another brilliant poem! ‘Oceans Apart‘ by Andrew Diamond was presented at Redbridge Central Library for this year’s National Poetry day, and follows on from our last poem ‘Painting the Oceans by Nina Simon. We will post a new poem each week, so keep checking for updates! Please send any works you would like published to domore@visionrcl.org.uk


Oceans Apart

Upon the oceans, deep and vast,

Many people in the past

Would hoist their sails upon the foam

To find a place to call their home.

Some were fleeing persecution,

Some in fear of destitution,

Others taken forcibly

To be sold into slavery.

From Europe and from Africa

They gathered in America,

Australia and Canada,

The Welsh in Patagonia.

The English, Irish, German, Scot,

The wandering Jew, a melting pot

Into the ocean they did drift,

A massive population shift.

And that is how it is today,

Migration hasn’t gone away.

You will always see disorder

Every time they close a border.

It is natural to flee;

Life is best across the sea

And despite our place of birth

We’re really citizens of Earth.

Andrew Diamond

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