Looking from both sides……….

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

Brian Bilston

(now read from bottom to top and discuss)

7 thoughts on “Looking from both sides……….

  1. I think that this poem is honestly the work of a genious. It’s beautiful. At first when it was being read to me I was a bit confused as to why something so horrible would be a relevant thing to write a poem on, and just assumed it was written by a racist or something. Then, when it was read backwards, I was astonished to see that someone had the idea to not only write a poem about refugees needing to be accepted by us, but to do this! I think it shows a few things. Firstly, I think it shows people can say things that are misinterpreted to be mean and nasty. But it can be looked at both ways. With a bad, comes a good. With a good, comes a bad. There are always two sides to things. Secondly, it made think of people. For example if you give a slap to someone (read it normally) then you will seem really mean and nasty. But maybe if you explain to them that they misinterpreted your actions and you didn’t mean to slap them (read it backwards), then you will seem nicer than they thought and they might feel a little bit bad for thinking that you were nasty when you weren’t. Hope that makes sense. That’s a few things that came to mind! Great by poem by the way!

  2. I think this is a very clever poem, the way when the first read this poem you think ” How could someone say something like this?” or “why they would show this to the public?” Then you read it the other way and realise how creative it is.
    I also think that it is not right to threat refuges differently from others, They are normal human beings who just want to find safety for them and their families. Why don’t the countries who are at war ever think about the people they are hurting, the suffering they are causing to others? Even if they do win the war what is really their reward? Everyone deservers to be treated fairly. We should lead with open arms to people in need.

  3. I agree with Sayo.We can take a few lessons from this, the more obvious one : treat others how you’d like to be treated and just because you are more fortunate than others doesn’t mean that you cannot help them (because after all, someday you too, would need help).This also shows how you need to look at things from different perspectives, not everything’s black and white, you need to look into things deeper rather than quickly judging someone/something.This poem was very well written, it really makes you think -that’s one of the reasons why I really like this poem. 🙂

  4. I think that this poem is great. It sums up what both sides think and I didn’t think that was possible before I read it!!! Although it is a little bit confusing. At first when I read it backwards. I thought it meant read it backwards probably, so I read it from right to left. It took me a few minutes to realise that it meant read it from left to right backwards. It sums up both sides and I think from a philosophical point of view it had a real moral. The moral was never judge a book by it’s cover. You wouldn’t think that this was it’s moral at first you’d think it would be something like treating others the same as you but it is. The first time you read the poem. When you start reading it you think ‘Oh this is very racists’ or ‘Oh they can’t all be like that’ and you start judging it before you read the end of it.

  5. This poem is amazing. It perfectly shows both sides of people from the refugee situation but stays completely neutral. At first, like Claire said I thought this was just some poem about someone’s negative views on the refugees. But if you just read it backwards it’s a poem approving them! I think it’s a very clever kind of poem.

    1. Very smart!!!I was interested frome the beginning to the end.It is true they need our help.I wish them to be as happy as I am today. I love ❤️ new comers ,it’s a new person and new life.Hamilton (04thClassThinking time with James

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