A Fractured Ghazal For 3,000 Unaccompanied Minors by John Mackie

a compassionate person I of course
feel jolly sorry for your pain

and understand your journey was hard
through sleet and wire and driving rain

running from the black flag yes? bullets
bombs, chemical weapons (yawn) again

but dear child please understand
there is for us no fiscal gain

in housing you here , a minor still
you can only be a resource drain

do see it from our point of view
you could be trouble – is that plain?

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