Dave Rendle

I am

I am everyman, I am every woman, 
every current, every breeze, 
I am in exile, looking for home, 
I am universal, a citizen of the world, 
I am no trespasser, I come in peace, 
I am the colour of rainbows, 
I drift among a mass of people, 
seeking refuge, carried on storms, 
I am a witness of a world of poverty and war, 
I was born into revolution, turmoil and strife, 
in rubble to the sound of bullets and explosions, 
my neighbours are dead, my friends are lost, 
my homes have been  plundered, my wells emptied, 
I have escaped persecution and oppression, 
I am in search of freedom and hope, 
but I am refused, and given no welcome, 
I am vilified and abused, told to shut my mouth 
I ride waves of persistence, move in many directions, 
I am the blood and soil of humanity, 
I carry the kiss of different languages, 
I arrive with the weight of dignity, 
I have fled sleepless and anguished nights, 
I am a world of belief and struggle, 
moving onwards with  memory and survival, 
my voice rings out on all continents, 
I am an endless river, releasing currents of endurance, 
I am tired, but will not be silenced or confined anymore, 
I am a dream that never ever fades. 

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