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A Powerful Hidden Message in the Library

Our Lady of Mercy College is blessed to have a fantastic Library Team who continuously and passionately inspire and encourage our students to read.

This month, students enjoyed a beautiful display focusing on books about refugees and the Mercy value of Compassion. The display featured Brian Bilston's book called 'Refugees'.

'Refugees' is a poem of two voices. It needs to be read twice. The first one sees the people fleeing from war and persecution and asks, "Why here? Why my country? But when you read the text the opposite way, from bottom to top, a new voice emerges. It is the voice of Compassion. It says, "Why not make them welcome?

The poem has a powerful hidden message:

The world can be looked at in another way!


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

(now read from bottom to top)

Thank you to Mrs Lynn Brown, Mrs Catherine Brandis and Mrs Sally Ball for setting up the beautiful display and sharing this little treasure with the students.


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