The Fieldstone Review

New Nomads

by D.J. Tyrer

Why do nomads wander?
There may be wanderlust in their soul
But, no, necessity and need
Drive them to journey.
Borders slammed shut
Families halted at the point of a gun
Tribes parted by lines on a map.
But, even as governments said ‘no’
To the rootless, lacking geographic ties
New nomads were born
By their very same actions
New nomads driven by new needs
Constantly on the move
Desperate for water, food
Seeking safety in new homes
Far away from where they were born
In constant motion
Not allowed to settle
Unwelcome, they move on
New nomads driven by new necessities
Replacing those forced to halt
In the madness
Of the modern world