Sarah Moles Lyall
In Berlin I discover borders
overcome, overturned, undermined.
As the ’89 woodpeckers knew,
walls cannot last forever
when people strive to be together.
In my German class dividing lines
between ‘expat’, ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’
disappear; in our mistakes
all are one. Together we sidestep
imperialism, colonialism, globalism
and find common ground in our
new common language.
Sarah Lyall (29)
is a social researcher who is enthused by citizen-led decision-making and concerned about social division. She moved to Berlin to learn German and understand social policy from a fresh perspective.
The woman on the matted blanket examines me closely
I blush under her gaze
Why does my skin have to be so damned white?
She is probably thinking
What a badly brought-up, privileged brat
Who doesn’t eat her food herself
Who even shares it with flying vermin
The pigeons flutter around my feet
And peck for crumbs of bread
Perhaps she’ll look away soon
She has a big nose and is barefoot
She must be cold
I no longer know who I am
Since starting the journey
I stray from station to station
Headless like a chicken
Whose heart beats in its throat
Yearning drives me on
To arrive somewhere
But I am afraid
That the only port
Where I can ever happily anchor
Is the port
That I left years ago
Is the only place
Where I can really exist
The place where I grew up?
With my family?
A stranger again
And deep within myself
I look again
The woman has disappeared.
Lara Williams (19 years old)
is studying social sciences and would like to have more time in the year ahead for herself, for reflecting and for expressing her creativity. She lives in Fulda.