Award WinningPoemsYasser Niksada

Traces

Yasser Niksada

Panshir, Afghanistan, raised in Iran


Be next to me and see,
What has happened to me.
It is over, the trace still in my heart.
No room for me to sleep on this bus.
Withered feet, the dream sunk into the eye.
The police said stop.
Go back, go back.
All then in the train car, just me alone on the tracks.
The rubber boat sank and my heart, hot for Europe, turned cold.
The world slept, only we were awake,
Hungry, thirsty, tired.
We left; it will be more difficult to return.
All this tearing oneself up, for a little bit of rest.
Not my rest.
The rest of my family.

 

Translation from Farsi: Aarash D. Spanta
Foto © Rottkay

Yasser Niksada (14)

Yasser Niksada comes from the Panshir valley in Afghanistan. Ten years ago, the Niksadas fled to Teheran, where the family live as refugees. But that's no life, says Yasser. That's why the family sent him on a journey to Europe. In Germany, Yasser misses his family. Photo © Rottkay