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On migrants drowning on European shores

May 5, 2006, on Spain's Canary Island of Fuerteventura. (Juan Medina, Reuters)

May 5, 2006, on Spain’s Canary Island of Fuerteventura. (Juan Medina, Reuters)

1,500

The word “genuine” proliferates
In comments threads and candidates’ speeches
As 1,500 are lost at sea
(A conservative estimate)
(The highest on record)
And we ask: How authentic is your desperation?
Ignoring the calculation of risk
That precedes stepping onto a precarious float
Already overburdened
Teetering on the edge of submersion
How authentic is your desperation?

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