Avoid going where the path might lead, but instead go where there’s no path at all and leave there a trail. That’s what Peter Skrzynecki wrote in his poem Crossing the Red Sea and Immigrants at Central Station. The same message we can see in Kenneth Graeme's novel Wind in the Willows as well as Roberto Benigni's movie Life is Beautiful. All of these creators illustrated different obstacles in a journey where the travellers are extended emotionally, physically and also intellectually through these trips as they respond to the challenges on the way.
Skrzynecki's Crossing the Red Sea appears to be a poem that pictures the traumatic journey of migration as well as human triumph over adversity. It illustrates the post-holocaust emotions faced by the refugees who escaped from war, suffering and dislocation as they saw the familiar shorelines disappearing. The religious conations employed in the poem assist in creating a direct link to the famous 40 year tip where Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt right to the Promised Land.
The biblical allusions such as “exile” and “mercy” underline the notion, which the immigrants are all at the mercy of God. The reference to Lazarus, raised from the dead, drops a hint at a new life and a better future for all the immigrants. The red imagery stands for pain, grieves and blood in the old communist country where they had to salute to red banners.
The travellers had to leave their beloved homeland for an unknown place, on a ship where communication turned to be only through hand gestures, so literary shreds of dialogue hung from fingertips. Notwithstanding the bleak imagery in the poem, there’s a glimmer of hope as the travelers extended their sincere thanks to Lord for their wonderful chance of new life. The poem’s presented in several sections where every part happens to be a separate snapshot which functions for recreating a string of memory. It gives readers a great opportunity to have a more personal relationship with the storyteller. Additionally, the poem depicts the human triumph over adversity in a challenging tip, an involuntary journey in this case, when they had to escape from misfortune and death.
David Moore has also captured the travelers’ emotions closer to the end of the journey as they arrived by ship to their new home in the well-known picture dubbed Immigrants Arriving Sydney, 1966. It’s a moving portrait, showing the rewards attained at the end of the trip can only be appreciated through a series of challenges.
Avoid going where the path might lead, but instead go where there’s no path at all and leave there a trail. That’s what Peter Skrzynecki wrote in his poem Crossing the Red Sea and Immigrants at Central Station. The same message we can see in Kenneth Graeme's novel Wind in the Willows as well as Roberto Benigni's movie Life is Beautiful.