They came down here
In the Calais jungle to escape
Their own jungle back home
In the Kurdish Iraq or Sudan.
The refugees risked lives
Across the dangerous seas
And landed in the beckoning France.
The dispossessed lived in tents and dreamed of
Better existence in a foreign land.
Things changed this week as
The French authorities came down to
Evict and demolish these primitive camps.
The refugees protested but to no avail
They stood no chance against the state.
The migrants had entered another hell
In that piece of cultured, democratic France
Home to the Revolution of 1789
Now—reluctant to host children of ethnic strife and violence
How things get changed over intervening time!
Dreams, not shelters, got demolished by the riot police
And refugees are again made homeless in civilized lands!
Cries the spirit of enlightened France.