Survivors|Tolu’ A. Akinyemi|Poetry

Migrants rescued from the Mediterranean and turned away by Italy and Malta have arrived in Spain’s port of Valencia. -BBC News.

Dreams carried by the ocean waves,

bodies, sinking boats, no life jackets.

Lives at the mercy of rescue ships

with drunken sailors. Voices echoing

sorrow like spring blizzards.

Tepid hearts beating fast.

Dreams fizzling

when we heard from Rome

not one of us. Dump the outcasts here.

In camp, they folded dark lines

into our already wrinkled faces.

Night after night after night.

Not one note of kindness

ever read to us.

Photo by MARCIN CZERNIAWSKI on Unsplash


Tolu’ A. Akinyemi hails from Nigeria and lives in the UK where he has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent”. Tolu is the author of seven outstanding books, one of which is a collection of short stories.

His poems have appeared in the 57th issue (Volume 15, no 1) of the Wilderness House Literary Review, The Writers Cafe Magazine Issue 18 and elsewhere.

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