The agony as they waited in the sun
Unexpected ability to run

The cramped positions during transport
Relying on each other for support

The relief of escaping claustrophobia
Shattering fall into xenophobia

The tears that rolled down their cheeks
As they were forced into freaks

I saw it all
I saw everything
I wanted to cushion the fall
I wanted to intervene

But for fear of repercussions
Fear of threatening discussions

I kept to myself
I let my eyes glaze over
I kept my jaw clenched
I let my body go on autopilot

And I did my job

Domenica Dillon

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