Guided by Justice and Compassion

    • 18 SEP 16
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    “There was a seed” written by Mohammad detained on Manus Island

    There was a seed,
    fresh and beautiful —
    it knew nothing
    of the outside world. …
    This beautiful seed
    was stuck between
    two walls in a village.
    The sun and the moon,
    the rain, the white snow,
    and the blue sky were unknown to it.
    Because this seed was living
    in darkness.
    Still, it had a good feeling
    about the world outside.
    It continued to say,
    Behind this wall
    there is something better.
    Its heart beat
    with each passing day,
    beating faster and faster,
    yearning to see the outside
    until it couldn’t take it anymore!
    Its heart cracked,
    grew a stem
    and then a bud.
    Its pretty stem
    punched the wall
    and, shaking with fear,
    it poked its head out into the sun.
    Afraid at first
    it shrunk back into the wall,
    not even knowing
    it had seen the light.
    But soon it got restless
    and returned, longingly, to look at the sky.
    The sky rained on the bud
    making it clean and cold,
    then the sun warmed its body
    and the bud inspired itself to keep growing
    until it burst into a beautiful flower.
    No one had ever seen such a flower.
    But between the two walls,
    standing steady,
    the flower just said —
    We can carry on,
    in any circumstances!
    All we need is patience.


    By Mohammad

    An asylum seeker, currently detained at Manus Island.

    This poem was sent to Paris Floyd.

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