Rani Drew


Anatomy of Migration


Older than time, migration is the story

of survival. Change and betterment,

desire and dreams put motion into feet.


The first stirrings begin in the brain. Reason

catalogues gains and losses, credits and

deficits. Movement  becomes compelling.


New visions bring desires to the heart.

Collaborator of the brain, it fantasises

greener places on the other side of the globe.


Eyes become alert, spotting dangers before

they arise; stealth and caution rule the feet;

the alien speech ties the tongue to silence.


Hair, more passive than others, is the first

to protest at the change. Climate plays

the ruler; willowing tresses must straighten,


the growth made sparse, the sheen can’t stay.

The innards fail to cope: kidneys to filter liquids,

liver to process food, the body functions harden.


Turning native comes at a cost.  The identity

is recorded and must not change or, asylum can

be withdrawn. Deportation is  round the corner.



Rani Drew © 2008