A perfect day for us to demonstrate
on fresh-mown lawns outside the parliament.
How white and clinic-clean it looks beyond
stalls and banners near the podium.
Mohammad speaks for those who now cannot
on all the costs of freedom that we take
as given: sea, starvation, sunstroke, fear
sickness and death upon a leaking boat
not in our psyche. Today a specialist
will keyhole through your mouth and surgically
travel through your body on a sea
of bile to find the rocks that caused your pain.
We’ll be grateful privilege returned
your health. Mohammad’s problem will remain.