Faces at 7:15 am

Lilly Boos

Zurich, Switzerland

 

7:15
Down the stairs, light a ciggy
The ciggy goes out and the bus turns the corner
Someone sprints, the others are ready
Ticket out, get on board
The same faces every morning
For most of them, I know the route

But who are they?
What are their lives like?
What is their job?
How did they come to this city?
Or did they grow up here?

That woman with her suitcase who gets out at the central station
Where is she going?
The boy who sings kindergarten songs early in the morning
How untouched he is
What lies ahead of him?
The man with the glasses and the long coat
Which book is he reading today?

STOP
I get out
Start my day
And the people on the 7:15 bus are forgotten

 

Lilly Boos (20)

grew up near Zurich and in 2017 came to Berlin, where she learned the meaning of freedom, inspiration and strength. Now she lives in Zurich once more and is falling in love with the city again.

A man can

Pipa Kläy

Zurich, Switzerland

 

A man can
And a woman can’t
Maybe from your point of view
Everything and always
(arsehole)

 

Pipa Kläy (*1997),

grew up in Zurich/Switzerland and moved to Berlin in 2018 because she feels better among four million than among 400,000. She likes poetry, prose, and white wine too.

»Good foreigners«

Pipa Kläy

Zurich, Switzerland

 

Grew up in an area
Where I was the only one at school
Whose mother tongue was Swiss German.
Grew up in an area
Where the Swiss People’s Party
Gets more votes than anywhere else.
Where they talk of “good foreigners”.
Italians.
And of those who steal state benefits.
Albanians, Turks.
Grew up in an area full of fear.
Fear of poverty.
Fear of foreignness.
Fear of headscarves.
I feel sorry for you.

 

Pipa Kläy (*1997),

grew up in Zurich/Switzerland and moved to Berlin in 2018 because she feels better among four million than among 400,000. She likes poetry, prose, and white wine too.