Silent Tears

Glory Osazuwa

Edo State, Nigeria

 

Each day as evening starts to set
The ache builds in my chest
I know that I must go to bed
And try to get some rest

I hug my tear-stained pillow close
When no one is around
And cry for one I love and lost
And scream without a sound

Others see me in the day
And think I’m doing well
But every day as evening sets
I enter my own hell

Time hasn’t healed my pain at all
Or quieted my fears
So every night, alone in bed
I shed those silent tears

 

Glory Osazuwa (18)

comes from Edo State in Nigeria. She has lived in Germany for three years without her family. In summer she will complete her school certificate in the upper grade in Fürstenwalde. Glory dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. In her homeland she attended school for six years.

Night Time

Glory Osazuwa

Edo State, Nigeria

 

Night is cold
Night is sad for some
Night is so dark
Night comes and goes
Like my love for you

Night is time for me to sleep and dream of you
Night is everywhere I go
Night is time for some people to have fun
Night is so alone for me

I hate the night because it reminds me of you
Night was when we had fun
Night is so alone now

Night is what you love
Now the night is what I hate
Because of you

 

Glory Osazuwa (18)

comes from Edo State in Nigeria. She has lived in Germany for three years without her family. In summer she will complete her school certificate in the upper grade in Fürstenwalde. Glory dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. In her homeland she attended school for six years.

Future without War

Queen Ufomba

Nigeria

 

In future we will no longer have to fight,
because the people before us have already fought so much.
In future things will be better than in the past.
I have been told how, during the war,
People died and pregnant women
lost their children.
There were no schools, no work, no shops.
People were too frightened
to go about their business.
If we continue to fight
we will lose many more things.
Many lives.

 

Queen Ufomba (23)

comes from Nigeria and fled to Germany three months ago. She has now applied for asylum here. She would like to become a midwife. Her favourite play is Romeo and Juliet.