What is this about?

For 24 hours, we are inviting migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make.
Whatever your nationality and place of origin; wherever you live and work, join us and make your contribution. How can you do this?

Sheffield is choosing to celebrate through a poetry-a-thon, we are asking you to share poems that sums up your story or the positive impact migrants make! We would like to share these poems on the 20th February 2017. Let’s get creative, spark emotion and mostly celebrate the future of Sheffield through the power of words!

See below to submit your poems, read other poems submitted and find inspiration!

Kind Regards

Sheffield Lead
Shahida Siddique

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Poem List

A Sestina in Six Moves

  • By Anonymous
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 21:42

A Sestina in Six Moves
Thinking back now takes some concentration
recalling all the places you’ve called home.
So rarely you talk about things frankly,
preferring to leave memories alone,
now your memory is departing like a train.
We know that...Read more

The Invisible Immigrant

  • By Cicely Cox
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:57

He likes to joke that he's a southern boy.
Brighton? no, um Exeter?.. no?
Ahahaha okay, Falmouth?

And then to your suprise he will tell the truth-
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
It's his super power- The Invisible Immigrant.

How do you like it?...Read more

Strangers in Alien Lands

  • By Simon Duffy
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  • Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:01

Let’s imagine our world,
Stopped still, without movement:
We all stay where we’ve come from;
No stranger turns up unexpected,
And we’re all trapped at home.

No Abel goes wandering with his herds,
King Cain reigns, planted in the ground.
And yes, some...Read more

Letter to a Native Lover

  • By K Milewski
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  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 16:45

it diversifies your nation
you feel it may cause tension,
but when you meet me at the station,
and in your heart you feel a sensation,
don't follow a xenophobic narration
Remember I am here because of 
Immigration...Read more


  • By Debjani Chatterjee
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  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:31

By Debjani Chatterjee
The cardinal winds have brought us here.
Now battered, now buoyant, we survived.
What mattered most was getting it clear:
no longer strangers, we have arrived.

Note: Reprinted from Namaskar: New and Selected Poems by...Read more

Gramps was canny

  • By Dan Russell
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  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:42

Gramps was canny, his children say –
“He left his village in Czechoslovakia by the backdoor
as the Nazis came in the front”
Say it quickly and it sounds romantic and exciting,
the tale of a daring young man who ran to freedom before the enemy put an early end to his life...Read more

October 15

  • By Anonymous
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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 13:55

October 15 by Jess Dosseh

16 hours was all it took,
To make the change from where I stood.
I wanted to go back to that familiar place,
But who would have guessed,
That after two years I wouldn't regret my stay.
It was a different town, a different place,...Read more

People Run

  • By Anonymous
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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 13:51

People run by Michael Rosen

People run away from war:
my father’s uncle and his wife
ran away from war.
They ran from one side of France to another.
But the authorities divided people up:
some who ran away were good; 
some, like my father’s uncle...Read more


  • By Anonymous
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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 13:42

Home by Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with...Read more


  • By Jez Green
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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:12

Back when I were a lad, I remember
everythin’ round here was just trees,
not these big ugly ‘ouses.  
An’ the people what lived in ‘em
were good, honest folk, not foreigners,
jabberin’ away in strange tongues:
just English.
And a man knew his worth...Read more

Made in Sheffield

  • By Shahida Siddique
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  • Monday, January 30, 2017 - 13:48

Travelled far, like a seed on the breeze
Carried on hopes and dreams
Found in The Sheaf and The Castle markets
Hair as black as coal
Forged of molten iron
Ore running through veins
Stream of Sheffield slang
Found int' ole in rawd'
Worlds collide of...Read more