Pipa KläyPoemsSwitzerland

»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”.
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.