During my Literacy class, I had a marvelous opportunity to read an outstanding book I have never heard of. Inside Out & Back Again, by Thannhha Lai, is a verse novel based on the journey of a young little girl, Ha, who fled from her native country to a new country. As an inspiration from what we’ve read, I and my classmates wrote each a gorgeous poem. This poem dedicated from a perspective of a character that went similar life experience as Ha from the novel. Please enjoy reading my poem about this character that has been forced to flee her home country for a safer place.
Me, sitting under the shadow,
Of this old world.
Without any work to do,
Anyone to play with,
I ended up here.
In a quiet place,
Giving me a state of serenity,
At the same time, with water all of my body.
Upon the branches,
The soft voice of the bird is singing,
Intended to express their bliss.
Unfortunately, my mouth isn’t singing as the bird
But my stomach does
It is growling
I am a Kurd,
Moved from Iran,
Are what my mom used to tell me,
I was born to be here in Turkey,
In a refugee camp,
To be craved for food,
To be slumbered in a small tent,
For nine of us.
Mom, we are Kurd, and…we are here?
Was what I once asked my mom
Jihan, my little girl
That’s why we need to endure such these
We have nowhere; we have no spot,
But what we have is an identity,
To be a Kurd
A young little girl as me,
Realize that I have no country,
Cognize my own self,
At that juncture.
Is it faith that I have nowhere,
To breath with contentment,
To gulp my favorite food.
Days passed, we are fortunate,
Sponsor us to come to America.
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