Poems of Place

Golden Rule

(Lesvos, Greece)

Leave it behind.
Leave the backpack,
soaked in seawater,
drenched in terror.
Leave it behind.

Leave the baby clothes,
the disposable nappies,
the packets of biscuits,
the brand new toothbrushes,
the tube of toothpaste.
Leave them behind.

Leave the jar of eau d’cologne,
the pair of nail scissors,
the metal coffee pot.
Leave them behind.

Leave the money.
The note worth 100 pounds- in Syria.
worth half a euro – in Europe.
Leave it behind.

Leave the backpack,
soaked in seawater,
drenched in terror.

And trust in the kindness of your neighbours.