Children in Exile

James Fenton

to J.T.L.&S.

“What I am is not important, whether I live or die —
          It is the same for me, the same for you.
What we do is important. This is what I have learnt.
         It is not what we are but what we do,”

Says a child in exile, one of a family
         Once happy in its size. Now there are four
Students of calamity, graduates of famine.
         Those whom geography condemns to war.

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