Poem about seeking refuge: My Journey

August 25, 2022

Refugees on a boat crossing the Mediterranean; image by Mstyslav Chernov published under Creative Commons license

Sebur flees danger to deliver a poignant message

Coming here was not part of the plan
but I had to flee danger in Iran
Every day the police could take my life
every single day filled with fear and strife
You wouldn’t believe the things my eyes have
seen
things that would make your soul scream
Things that you can never forget
nightmares that would make you wake up in a
sweat
Fifty-four people in just one small boat
we were worried that it would not stay afloat
No one can understand how much I was terrified
if in the next second I will even be alive
Landed in a country where everything is new
everything so different, don’t know what to do
I have lost my parents, I’m filled with so much
regret
my message: please give your mother and father
respect

Winner, Upper Secondary Category (15-17 years) in Voices 2022, the national creative writing competition for care-experienced young people on the theme ‘This is Me’. You can read all the shortlisted entries. This year’s competition was sponsored by Cadence Innova.

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