I will rise

You now lock me in detention
and damage my hopes
but it’s like dust
and one day I will rise.

You may avoid my sadness
and send me to Manus
but one day I will rise.

You may hide the reality
and break my heart
but one day I will rise.

You may send me somewhere else.

Why can’t you help me?

I may be a female of under age
who needs assistance from you.
You may send me to other countries
and shoot me with your words
but one day I will rise.

You may punish me
by saying lies
but one day I will rise.

You may kill me with your hateful action
but it’s like air
and one day I will rise.

You may never care about my awful past
and enjoy my tears
but one day I will rise.

I may have bad memories
rooted in pain
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I may have left a fearful life of horror
but one day I will rise.

Does my mind upset you
so full of thoughts?

I am an asylum seeker
who seeks for freedom and doesn’t
have anywhere else to go.

Does it come as a surprise to you
that whatever you have done to me
I will forgive you?

Wherever you send me
as long as I see the sun rise and the moon come up
I will rise…

Hani Aden

* * *

To be locked up behind the fence

If only you could feel how much it hurts to be locked up behind the fence.
If only you could see how my tears are falling down every moment.
If only you could know how much it means to me, to be a normal person,
like any other — like people outside the fence.
If only you could see the world I left behind.
If only you could see how lonely I am without my family,
and knowing they are not safe.
If only you could hear me out and listen to why I came.
If only you could feel the pain inside my chest.
If only you could see how many times I wake up in the middle of the night,
my blue bag to Nauru waiting at my door.
If only you could see how many dreams I have for my future.
If only you could see how excited I am to be free from detention.

Sabrin Ahmed

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I will live and survive and be asked

I will live and survive and be asked:
How dangerous was it to leave my country alone?
How did my family allow me to leave?
How afraid I was for my self — that I would be raped or killed?
How I made the decision to travel alone?
How I survived without food some days?
How I walked bare feet — even as I got more injured?
How I allowed them to lock me inside a toilet?
How I stayed inside the toilet for hours?
How I jumped from far places and got damaged?

How I knew I had come to the right place?

I will live and survive and be asked:
How I felt to come by boat?
How I felt to risk my life?
Did I know I would stay in detention?
Did I know I had come “illegally”?

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— and I will listen to them —
because when I survived the sea
I thought I was born again.

When they ask:
did you know the law changed?
I will tell them:
I didn’t have a choice
When they say:
Doesn’t it hurt you to remember?
I will answer them:
it is past.

When they ask:
What are you planning now?
What do you want to be in the future?
I will answer them:
I am planning to live in Australia
and I want to be a journalist.

They will ask:
what about if they send you somewhere else?
And I will say:
As long as I breathe I will reach my goals.

Hani Aden

* * *

New born baby behind the fence vs Mr Abbott

Mr Abbott:
Asylum seekers who came illegally by boat to this country will never settle in Australia.

New born baby behind the fence:
What about me Mr Abbott? I didn’t come here by boat, by plane, by bus.
I was born on the soil of Australia.

Mr Abbott:
We are going to send them to Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

New born baby behind the fence:
Excuse me Mr Abbott, please answer my question.
Do you mean that I don’t have a right in this country when I was born here?

Mr Abbott:
They will never settle in Australia.

New born baby behind the fence:
Mr Abbott, let’s go then to Nauru or Papua New Guinea.
If I can’t be Australian just because my parents came by boat
so you can’t be Australian because your ancestors also came by boat.
Let’s go my friend.

Sabrin Ahmed

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Fragments 1

All these months I have tried to find good friends — and I did — but today they are gone.
What shall I do now?
I am the only one.
I am so sad and so lonely.
I can’t believe I’ve had friends like them and now immigration have sent them away from me.
They have made me walk alone inside the camp.
I don’t feel I have a right to live after all my friends have been sent to Nauru.
What shall I do now?
I am so sad and so lonely.

Hani Aden

* * *

Fragments 2

Dear bird send my message.
Send an image of my eyes to Abbott
where tears are rolling like a river,
send my heart full of sorrow,
send my mind full of thoughts,
send him images of why I came.

Sabrin Ahmed

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Adrian
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I hear the pain and the helplessness.

But I also hear hope and an unquenchable human spirit.

I am so ashamed to be Australian but so proud to be human.