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'58 Dead In Cargo...'

Inspectors at Dover found them
Slumped behind crates of tomatoes,
Suffocated in the airtight freight-hold
On the hottest weekend of the year.
Five hours across the Channel,the truck’s
Refrigeration unit switched off….
The BBC and Independent tell me
They died dreaming a better life.

I think we all know a better life –
I see it shining on the screen.
Sometimes, locked in the freight-hold,
Trapped with ash-heaps of longing,
We die dreaming a better life.