Janat AloPoemsSyria

Place of Refuge

Janat Alo

Afrin, Syria


Oh sea:
am I part of you?
At a loss, I come to you, my place of refuge,
and lament my alienation from the world.

Oh sea:
fate’s blows fall on me!
When I lie down on its white sand,
I see no stars!

Oh love:
love is like an elastic band,
that we hold at both ends and pull.
When one lets go,
it hurts the other.


Janat (17)

comes from Syria. In her free time she likes swimming and playing the guitar. She would like to become a nurse.