We are the cursed boat people
They said we have snatched their jobs
And then, we were killed in a factory
before we could call them murderers.
They outraged over jobs, onions, freedom
They said we were dying, with anger in their hearts,
fire in their voices …
We applauded, eyes moist,
“They stand up for us, our hungry bellies, our empty plates”
We had to die to know
Those were mere speeches.
(C) Pallavi Singh, December 2019.
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