#atinylife Refugee


Some thoughts about the impossibility of empathy. Accompanying vlog piece here https://youtu.be/Lf_6rSmlIjg

Stella Hervey Birrell

I am watching

the refugee video

on Facebook.

It’s a list of the things people took with them.

One nappy, the actor says.

One nappy.

And my son calls

from the living room

‘Mum?

Is it

time

to

go

yet?’

He is in the living roomfullsizerender-30

of my house.

I am in the kitchen

of my house,

watching the refugee video

on my computer

in my kitchen

of my house.

One nappy. Phone, sim card.

Wrap them in a plastic bag,

pay all you have,

get into a boat

with your children, and …

In my house,

in my kitchen,

my son is going out.

Later, he will come home.

Later, I will lock the door

of my house.

Fall asleep, in bed.

I’ll be warm. Home.

And I’ll vaguely remember

a video

I watched

earlier,

on Facebook.

On my computer.

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About atinylife140

This is the website and blog of tinylifer Stella Hervey Birrell. I'm a writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. My first novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? was published in 2016. I wanted to start a blog that wouldn’t encroach much into anyone’s day, with a nod to Twitter’s use of brevity as a USP (I use 140 words per post, they insist on 140 characters per post). In the blog, I want to mostly focus on the little things, the ones that lift us, keep us going on the difficult days. The visuals will also be deliberately simple: a post-it note with an illustration in pencil (Stella HB, you see?). Thanks for reading!
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