Aeroplane Passengers

Immigrants  from Western Samoa
settled on our shaky isles after
World War II for work opportunities
children’s education, earnings to
send home to low income families.

They miss their families, island life,
so fly home on annual leave to visit.

Recently two of those visiting brought
to their island home rampant measles
recognisable only after the infectious
phase has passed as the rash appears.

It is surging through the island folk
felling babies, young children, as a
sparsely vaccinated population calls
us for more vaccination doses, bring
children to the vaccination clinics ….

…. and buries the epidemic’s
infant victims.

Aeroplane Passengers