Cradled in a rush ark, in the leaf-green Nile, Moses
floats downstream, where parted reeds disclose him near to home.

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A Chalayan* coffee-table can be donned and worn—
saving time when on short notice to leave home.

*

In nineteen-forty-seven, SS Exodus sets
sail for Palestine, the closest it can get to home.

*

Leaving Babylon behind, the Rastafarians
turn their eyes to Ethiopia, their Zion home.

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Shark-shoals follow coffin-ships, feeding on the bodies
of the dead, thrown overboard en route from home.

*

Bibles open at Exodus, St Kildans
bid farewell to their remote Atlantic island home.

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Millions of the displaced become convinced
that an over-laden boat is safer than their home.

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Silence in Calais jungle, where stitched-up lips protest
at bull-dozed shanties—the make-shift substitute for home.

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Do we not hear alarm bells when this Earth’s people surge
across the globe, flowing like the rain away from home?


*Hussein Chalayan is the maker of a set of portable furniture, inspired by the designer’s thinking on the wartime impermanence that finds homes raided and families forced to flee or be killed.