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Poem | My Name is Windrush

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The 'SS Empire Windrush'.

I arrived in Britain between 1948 and 1971 from the Caribbean territory

I have toiled here for decades to help rebuild your post-war country

Yet I was wrongly detained, denied legal representation

Threatened with deportation

My name is Windrush

You changed your immigration policy

To suit your conservative party

Amber Rudd you changed the rule to stop overstaying

You changed my status overnight despite me paying taxes and working

My name is Windrush

I was evicted from my home

Yet, you are in your "Home" office

I needed NHS medical treatment

Instead there was only bewilderment

My name is Windrush

Amber Rudd you treated me with disdain

You caused me so much discomfort and pain

Caribbean representatives had called for a meeting

But instead you decided it was not happening

My name is Windrush

I was treated unfairly

Rudd, you needed to take responsibility

For causing this debacle

That made my life a harrowing spectacle

My name is Windrush

I protested and I put up a real fight

For Theresa May to make a

U-turn and get it right

I am glad that there is no "Amber" light

I have now gotten the Green light to my British right

My name is Windrush

I look forward to my compensation

I am from that generation

My name is Windrush

- Sharon Johnson-Wright