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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Canadian-Refugee Nightly Dilemma

Canadian-Refugee Nightly Dilemma


James Bredin

The refugee claimant said it was a great delight,
To be in Canada with a Charter of Rights,
Through an interpreter he said he could get shot,
If he had to go home where he might get caught.

Immigration board told him come back in a week,
Gave his four wives each a check without critique,
Because "everyone" is in the Charter of Rights,
All refugees with wives on the incoming flights.

First name was Osama and he refused the others,
And three of his four wives would soon be mothers,
Immigration guys counted at least twenty kids,
And their baggage filled at least thirty skids.

And he wore a pajamas and a scarf on his head,
Spoke no English so an interpreter said
And the welfare workers thought this was so great,
Moved him to a motel without much debate.

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