Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2009

A Ghanaian Woman

by Ian Rickard

It’s a profanity, an insanity, a sign of a lack of humanity. Not the Tiger Bay way, but maybe the way of the new Cardiff Bay. An Assembly for protecting health; a Government for creating wealth? What for? For more? What more will be lost through stealth? Someone should be ashamed, nobody of course will be blamed. Except perhaps the Ghanaian woman, who was poor and without position, who was ill and could not get permission to stay near the Bay. Turned away without dignity, It’s a profanity, a sign of a lack of humanity. It takes a village to raise a child; and a country to make an orphan. 

Added: 27.01.2009