It’s not the net-surfing for cheap flights,
the hoarding of air miles.It’s not the shopping
around for good euro deals, or filling cases
with new clothes for a week’s break.
It’s not the duty free booze or the greed
-grabbed cigarettes, addiction on the cheap.
It’s not the stroll through Border Control,
waving maroon passports. No.
The thing that gets me is the five thousand
rescued last weekend, the six hundred drowned
this year. Numbers, more numbers. Eight hundred
euros for a privileged space in a boat
that darkness-drifts the Med. Good weather’s a lure
for tourists, a bonus to traffickers. The desperate
assured of safe passage in flimsy dingies. Cloud high,
seat belts are fastened ready for landing.