Khadija Saye by Sonia Lawrence

Venice Biennale

the apogee of artistic aspiration

few can attain

Khadija Saye was acclaimed.

 

Gambian, living with her mother

in the infernal Grenfell Tower

lost her life to fire

Khadija Saye was twenty four.

 

Pre-eminent photographer

exhibited in the Diaspora Pavilion

beside other migrant artists

Khadija Saye sold all her work.

 

Meteoric success in her hands

intense weeks, smiling

receiving world-wide invitations

Khadija Saye can not fulfil.

 

All those dying in the block

had plans, ambitions

their stories are unknown

Khadija Saye frames them all.

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Calais 26th October, 2016 by Sonia Lawrence

Hope and fear steal from city to city,

wretched and homeless, is there no pity?

Desperation spreads  a grief-mesh round.

 

Let them endure, meet with veracity

a climate so cold, barely making sound.

Wretched and homeless, is there no pity?

 

Children are snatched from the vicinity

scared and bewildered, never found.

Hope and fear steal from city to city.

 

Aid agents observe much duplicity,

they have few answers, more questions crowd round.

Wretched and homeless, is there no pity?

 

The Jungle blazes, spiked ferocity,

Skin scorched with tear gas, camps torched to the ground.

Hope and fear steal from city to city.

 

All human to human atrocity,

rabid, cankerous, bigotry profound.

Hope and fear steal from city to city,

wretched and homeless, is there no pity?