The Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival was regretfully postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19.

During a window of opportunity in September, Illuminate Rotherhithe and the Community Magazine arranged the free Community Commemorative Sailing 2020 for local people. To view the souvenir brochure of ‘The Sailing Of The Mayflower’ click here.

This poem was written and performed for the Community Commemorative Sailing 2020 in September.

No Refuge

No refuge

Walking from land to land, they seek refuge,

leaning on sturdy staffs of hope.

They surrender their trust to leaking boats

that toss them on turbulent seas.

Crueller than the waves are the ferrymen,

who gather in the life savings

of generations of their families.

Colder than the sour salt water

are the greetings of suspicious strangers.

Wilder than the wind is the desolation of the disinherited.

Jackie Kearns, Rotherhithe, September 2020