Forward and Back Poem

You need to read this poem from top to bottom and then bottom to top to get the message. Sent to me by my friend Patricia Dawn and published with her permission. Love it.

by Brian Bilston

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With Bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Building a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

 (now read from bottom to top)        

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

17 thoughts on “Forward and Back Poem

  1. Christine Goodnough

    Very cleverly written!
    Immigrants definitely need protection as they struggle to find that glorious American Dream they’ve heard about back home. I’ve read about the sweatshops illegal immigrants tend to fall into, or be delivered to, in big US cities; I wonder how those people are faring in these days of self-isolation and closures.


  2. slmret

    This is a brilliant poem — definitely a super strong message! Immigrants and homeless both are not being treated very well by the country right now — we need to think of them as people, and not as immigrants or homeless!


    1. lifelessons Post author

      First day in 6 years I haven’t written a poem. I decided I needed to go into recovery or just bite the bullet and do other things. Some day I’ll tell you how I did it. Suffice it to say that I did 6 loads of laundry, organized my project table, organized my entire desk.folders and drawers, won a game on internet Scrabble, cleaned the kitchen, organized my dread next-to-the-bed nightstand and went through 40 to 50 year old poetry and story files and actually threw some away. And managed to lose my Kindle again! But I didn’t write a poem. Hm. almost an hour and a half left until midnight. Should I?

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  3. slmret

    Yo’re amazing — I don’t know anybody else with the level of drive that you have! I might get one of those projects done in a day without any distractions! Hope you found the Kindle!



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