rosie peacock self love and success coach

Rosie Peacock

I am a coaching psychologist using positive psychology and yogic principles to facilitate and guide high-achieving, ambitious women in business to self-love and success.

English Lessons in the Calais Jungle

Found Poetry

The following four lines are an extract from a school book exercise written by a young boy having English lessons in the Calais Jungle:

“I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan

Because family were killed by the Taliban

Like my Father, Mother, Sister, Brother

I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan.”

I was so touched an inspired by his words that I created it into a poem.

English Lessons in the Calais Jungle

“I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan

Because family were killed by the Taliban

Like my Father, Mother, Sister, Brother

I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan.”

Ajourdi’hui

the only jungle we see here

is sweaty bodies to frantic rhythmic sounds

writhing at a rig.

But their lives are far from a gig.

Not just mindlessly gassing,

but mindlessly tear-gassing kids.

Forbidden from freedom, from fighting and fear.

Just build up a big wall

then they’ll disappear?!

What about the problem which is still very much here:

“I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan.”

A jungle was once a land dominated by trees

It comes from Sanskrit jangala

meaning uncultivated land,

but I don’t understand the tangled etymology

& loss of trees

replaced by dis-ease, camps and misery;

for the ‘sin’ of wanting safety for the families.

Why won’t we help the detainees?

Put there by us;

our arms that harmed them overseas

but won’t stretch out to help up people in need.

England’s Lady Macbeth hands drip their blood.

We are the disease…

Just build a big wall and they’ll disappear?!

Out of sight, out of mind

until for a moment you see or hear

a young boy’s English lesson expressing his fear:

“I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan

Because family were killed by the Taliban

Like my Father, Mother, Sister, Brother

I don’t want to go back to Afghanistan.”

Rosie Peacock © 2018

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