Longlisted Poem 2012

Marei Binnie

Musselburgh Grammar School, East Lothian

The Immigrants

The dawn broke fast to pastel skies of blue.
There were no ties or roots for us to keep,
And so our fervent hope was brought to you.

We rose from water deep and cold; we weep,
And capped by clouds, we took your coast by night.
There were no ties or roots for us to keep.

Strained eyes beneath hunched brows we test our sight,
But through dawn fog the saying fields were lost.
And capped by clouds, we took your coast by night.

Through breaking waves and climbing wind we’re tossed,
Then back and forth, by gathered foaming horse.
But through dawn fog the swaying fields were lost.

No sailor, man nor child will shroud remorse,
This is the time for our faith to collect,
And prayer is such that all our voice is hoarse.

Then subsided soon the rough sea reflects,
A break in land that makes for quiet bay,
This is the time for our faith to collect,
As now our fervent hope is brought to you.
© Marei Binnie

Project Details

  • Date February 8, 2015
  • Tags 2012 Voyages - Longlisted Poems