Sunday, 21 February 2010


The colour of the earth hereabouts is brown. It had no choice in the matter. In other places the earth is yellow, red, white, black, blue, grey, orange; and hundreds of other shades of these and many other colours; often depending on the light and other factors. Of course, we are all differently coloured too.
I mention this because a poll is taking place today to decide if a holding station for refugees should be built. The local populous at the proposed site is expected vote massively (85%)* against the scheme, despite a plea from the local priest to 'help our brother in his hour of need'. But then, if a man's skin is a different colour to mine is he my brother? Yes, local politics has its colour too.


choose your colour if you can,
take the colour they give you,
be yourself and be all colours
be no colours
just be


*final result: 89.8% voted against the plan.
On the night of this Volksabstimmung a bus carrying Kosovo-Albanians returning to their new homeland in Germany crashed in Austria with tragic consequences. Early reports are of 6 dead and 35 injured. The Austrian media often speaks of asylum seakers being untergetaucht or disappeared below the radar and therefore living in a shady world of criminals and drug dealers. In reality, these untergetaucht people make their way to Germany where they figure they'll get a better deal. For Austria it's a convenient and inexpensive way of dealing with a perceived problem. Auslander angst or fear of foreigners is a major political and moral issue in this Alpine republic. The bus accident is Sod's Law.


Dominic Rivron said...

Reminds me of Christy Moore's song, Yellow Triangle.

Also, on a lighter note, a very prescient poem - I've been messing about with the printer all afternoon, trying to get the colours set right!

Poet in Residence said...

Dominic, thanks for the Christie Moore song, a new for me. Loved it!
By the way, I have the original Pastor Niemöller poem posted on PiR plus thereto my own variant of it.
Anyway, thanks again, I'll email your link to Alan Morrison at The Recusant - he's always up for anything like this.