She brings

the heart because it reminds her
of love, the scarf to keep warm,
lace to put the candles on,
and sheet music she wants
to play (and can’t pack a piano).
She brings

a small bag of money, because
her mum gave it to her
so she would remember
where she is from, jewellery
to get her family out safely,
pepper for flavour,
the smells of home.

She brings

a book to read when
lonely, a picture of her
grandmother’s grave, thread
to sew holes in anything
ripped, and a tiny nativity.

She brings

sunflowers seeds for food,
and more seeds, a map
to know where she’s going,
toys for other children
to play with, to remind
them of home.

She brings

travel documents
to cross borders, a poppy
to remember her father,
dead in a war, written out
phone numbers in a book,
a lamp to see during
the night, set beside
a photo of her grandmother,
to remember her by.

by Declan, Gabby, Jonathan, Marcus, Mohamed and Reece