Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

What would you do?

by Szymon Z. Jagiello

Often my ears hear people
Denigrate illegal immigrants.
But what would you do being
In the shoes of these poor men?
 What would you
think of

If in the place you lived your dreams seemed narrow?
What would you reflect on
If poverty and violence surrounded your existence?
What would you conceive
If every day your stomach gurgled with hunger?
What would you envisage
If everything you see appeared like a tomorrow without

Would you not find the faith and the volition
To risk your life to embrace happiness?
Would you not search for the courage
To embark toward milder shores?
Would you not seek to leave
And try to transform your destiny?
Would your heart not push you to
Go away to shift the course of your future?
Tell me how would you behave?
You who had the good fortune to be born
In a country where you have
The opportunity to achieve so much.

Added: 30.04.2011

Judges' comments on this poem


John Cage poem?


I would have preferred more rhyme/structure