I Wish I Was An Asylum Seeker

This is a poem about this and about this.


I wish I was an asylum seeker.
Asylum seekers have it easy.
Here, at home, I have prob­lems I can’t solve.
I have to pay rent. And to pay rent, I have to work.
And to work, I have to talk to people in offices.
And to talk to people in offices, I have to walk there.
Or take the bus. My life is pretty hard.
But if I was an asylum seeker…
If I was an asylum seeker I’d hop on a boat and I’d go where the wind and the cur­rents take me.
If I was an asylum seeker I’d leave all my prob­lems behind. I’d say I’ve had enough of those.
I’ll just leave. There won’t be any­thing hold­ing me back.
If I was an asylum seeker I’d sail my boat to Aus­tralia. They’ll put me in a deten­tion centre there. I’d get free food. I’d get free accom­mod­a­tion. I wouldn’t have to pay rent. I wouldn’t have to buy gro­cer­ies. I’d have asylum seeker friends. We’d stay up all night long, talk­ing about how lucky we that we don’t need to worry about our lives any­more.
I wish I was an asylum seeker. If I was an asylum seeker, I’d have such good stor­ies to tell. I’ll tell how they came and murdered my fam­ily. How they came and murdered my friends. I’d tell about the poverty. About the hun­ger. About the floods and the wars and the way noth­ing ever got bet­ter. About the people in power who didn’t care about us.
But if I was an asylum seeker, I’d sail my boat to Aus­tralia, where the people in power care so much. I’d say, Mr Abbott, you’re a good man. I want to be in a deten­tion centre, Mr Abbott. I want to live behind bars, Mr Abbott, I want to be con­fused and scared and I don’t want to under­stand what’s hap­pen­ing to me. And he’d say, I care about you. But I don’t like deten­tion centres any more. I’ll do some­thing dif­fer­ent. I’m going to sail my navy, my big expens­ive navy, and catch you, and I’ll be really nice. I’ll fix your boat. I’ll fix it for you. And I’ll send it back. I’ll send it where the wind and the cur­rents take it. I’ll make sure that you get home safe.
Oh, I wish I was an asylum seeker.

Leave a Reply