Read: Today’s made-up word


 David Grubb

Refugee Camp


Sometimes it is language that defies,

the necessary vocabularies of fear and doubt,

the torn up reports and nature of the unsaid;


at other times it is about memory and rapture

and following stars that may not actually exist

and the names of ancient flowers;


brickle star, daisy nettle, wind wonder,

or the nature of rivers and rains

and how we define a stone wall;


and sometimes it is about a girl standing

up to sing to soldiers before they cut her,

or when an old woman gets up to dance


and the crowd becomes a tapestry of clapping,

as mothers blow on the feet of their babies.



This piece of writing is featured in PEN’s e-book, The Dictionary of Made-Up Words, made in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom. Read the whole book!



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