where refugees had to go

little singing birds are diving into the fire
the smell of burning bird
of suicided song
is mistaken for a dark day in Australia
overcast skies, the weather reader reports

(Hodan Yasin and Omid Masoumali, young refugees from Somalia and Iran and detained by Australia, set themselves on fire within a week of each other)

-by Tamara Pearson,  author The Butterfly Prison

A protester holds a placard in support of refugees during a rally in central Sydney, Australia
Photo: REUTERS/David Gray

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