A brand new UK tour of poetry & performance – from Lydia Towsey, Shruti Chauhan and Jean Binta Breeze MBE


It is with great pleasure that we share another wonderful poem, kindly contributed by brilliant writer, artist and social activist, Ambrose Musiyiwa.

Ambrose has written and campaigned eloquently on the subject of migration, most recently reflecting on the semantics of language – and the difference words and the meanings we ascribe to them can make in how things are thought about. See here.

A graduate in Law from the University of Leicester, Ambrose is the instigator of ‘Poets in Solidarity with Refugees’ and the recent idea to curate and publish an East Midlands, UK anthology of work in support of those people currently receiving so little welcome as they arrive in Calais with the hope of reaching the U.K.

The below poem is one in a series of pieces by Ambrose. #WhosYourNeighbour?



we threw
things that were heavy

they sank
we stayed afloat
we lived

they turned
into creatures of the sea
and stayed below the surface

when we reached dry land
they turned
into creatures of shadow

and followed us everywhere


If you’d like to get involved, please tweet us @3HardWayPoets along with the hashtag #WhosYourNeighbour – with a link to a responding work as text and/or as a recorded reading. For full details on the campaign see here.

AMBROSE MUSIYIWA facilitates CivicLeicester, a community media channel that uses video and photography to document and highlight conversations taking place in and around Leicester. He is the author of The Gospel According to Bobba (CivicLeicester, 2015 http://amzn.to/1fcisBj), a slim volume of poems that, among other things, defines the good life, celebrates the joys of a cup of tea and biscuits, and presents a way of dealing with challenges and fears.

Ambrose Musiyiwa
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