How to Be an Immigrant

Published in / Opublikowane w: Welcome to Britain. An Anthology of Poems and Short Fiction

edited by / pod redakcją: Ambrose Musiyiwa

Civic Leicester

Date of publication / Data publikacji: April 2023


No need to open
Your mouth at all;
When you enter, stay mum.
Smiling is ok. Accent is not.

Don’t worry about inviting people to dinner –
Best not to, as that would be foreign.
You could be spotted this way.
Let the dinner go cold.

If mastering tea with milk is too hard,
Choose thirst;
You can never
Dunk properly anyway.

Remember that the black mould in the shower
Comes out to welcome you.
That’s what eventually will make you feel
At home.


* Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s ‘On the Term of Exile’

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