The Carpenter of Lampedusa

Crosses fashioned
from wreckage re-found
in Lampedusa’s graveyard
of boats –
Francisco Tuccio – carpenter –
putting him up there
as a craftsman – tool-qualified –
and long-suffering – calloused –
like Christ’s forgotten step-dad

Taking the drift-timber remnants –
tide piles of northerly-aimed
hope boats –
finding with tools the ingrained sunk lives –
the salt-scour – gasoline foul –
sea stench – the drowning suffered
in holy relics

Muscat – We’re .. building a cemetery
(in).. our Mediterranean Sea:
the proud Maltese PM
tried to carve his own response
to migrant drownings –
This thing is broken…
needs to be fixed

Tuccio – unelected – mends hope –
crosses of suffering
for all drowned –
he offers wave-crucified –
ship timbers –
shaped to buoy the migrant survivors



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