Refugee Or Immigrant?

When you are an immigrant
it is status, illegal
when you are refugee
it is non status, status quo
you don’t know what you are
who you are
you are left to fend from bins
pick newspapers
the homes that shelter you totter
torn plastics cover your head
you are immigrant
not refugee, how dare?
(you or others call you one?)
you are Rohingyas
not Myanmarese
at best you are Bangladeshi
who also are immigrants- illegal
so you see it is full circle
this debate cause- effect- cause
but you are not refugee
you have no legal sanction
for such an honored position
in the meantime scrape dirt
and weep
nations sign treaties
you sign on sands of time.

Ananya S Guha lives in Shillong in North East India. He has been writing and publishing poetry for the last thirty years, and his poetry has appeared in numerous online publications. He holds a doctoral on the novels of William Golding and currently is a senior academic in India’s Indira Gandhi National Open University.

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