This week participants explored "Choice" by Ruth Padel
Digging a bush up,
to damp earth, getting out
clutch-arms and fingertip veins
as easily broken
I look into the mica eye
of a robin. This is what we say
we all want. The
to go, to stay. But how does a robin decide?
How does anyone?
From The Mara Crossing: Poems and Prose on Migration and Home, Chatto & Windus, 2012.
Reproduced by kind permission of the author.
This poem particularly resonated with the women from Maryhill Integration Network, who left their home countries seeking sanctuary under circumstances they did not choose.
The theme of the robin also linked back to the second week's poem by Jackie Kay.