For the people of Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago
in the furnace where you cooked coconuts
horses above deck, chagossians in cargo,
to mauritius in squalor, tossed aside
– plucked by storms, high tides, roots
from chagrin, children, drowning
of diego garcia by the unifying sea.
is a technicality of history. of men we know,
of their nature they rule wherever they can.
they disposed of you like dirt.
what can be shoved aside. the british court
in council the lords tied their own hands,
exile fits the crime they endorse
a royal navy cameraman recorded a video
but your numbers have grown and memory
© 2011 John Kerkhoven
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