Welcome By Sadhu Binning

I often speak
to the grass
the trees and the river
they never tell me
I wasn't welcome
I've heard the wind
chatting with leaves
not once a note of hatred
the rain and the snow
touch me on my shoulders
as many other friends do
the birds come every morning
and sing outside my window
welcoming me into a new place
a new day
why weren't they consulted
when the decision was made
to send my Komagata Maru away





Passengers on the SS Komagata Maru, 1914.
Passengers on the SS Komagata Maru, 1914.

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/komagata-maru/


Three men are pictured in front of the Komagata Maru, with passengers on deck. July 1914.
Three men are pictured in front of the Komagata Maru, with passengers on deck. July 1914.

https://globalnews.ca/news/2708235/what-was-the-komagata-maru-incident-and-why-does-it-matter/














http://www.komagatamaruweek.com/reflections/2014/3/26/welcome


Binning, Sadhu. "Welcome." Komagata Maru Journey. N.p. 1 January 1994. Web. 25 February, 2018.