Unheard by Nathanael O'Reilly

Immigrants suffocating

in an abandoned

Hanjin shipping container

cooking in the midday sun

at a remote rest area

beside a first-world highway

beat on the steel walls

and shout desperately

in their native tongue

but they are too far away

from the restrooms

and vending machines



Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian residing in Texas. His books include Preparations for DepartureDistance, Cult, Suburban Exile and Symptoms of Homesickness. His poetry appears in publications from twelve countries, including: Antipodes, Backstory, Cordite, fourW, Headstuff, Mascara, Skylight 47, Snorkel, Verity La and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017.

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