A Politician Addresses the Refugee Situation

Yes, there’s been a conflicting sequence
of statements and instructions
in regard to your leaving Aleppo
for the safety of western Europe

It’s a question of, how shall I put it,
who doesn’t want you the least.

There’s been presented
many alternative solutions
to your current dilemma,
any or all or none
could prove to be the way
to a better life.

Unfortunately, this has
created a kind of labyrinth
which on closer inspection
is merely processes
that join and split apart
in ever confusing directions
until it all seems inextricable.

So sorry, refugee.
You are, at heart, a paradox
and, by your very nature, insoluble.

Press your face against the gates
as you will.
But, from the outside,
you and your fellow travelers
have got me puzzled.

You’re up there with black holes
quarks and the age of the universe
except that you’re down here.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review and the Round Table. Latest books, “Leaves On Pages” and “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon. Read other articles by John.