Mohammad’s problem

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.

Hazel Hall

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