I AM poetry and performance

A group of young women at one of SAYA's partner high schools participated in a poetry and performance project in Fall 2017. Here are some poems and a select performance from these youth, who are all English language learners.   

I AM
By Shouny 

I’m a fighter and a little star
I wonder if I could meet some monster
I hear wind blow and whisper
I see a galaxy where moon and sun smile
I really want to join them as a shining star and with laughter
I’m a fighter and a little star

I pretend to be a hard worker
I feel the pain of a poor mother
I touch the skin of a beaten boy
I worry about if the world gets more dangerous
I cry for a girl who is being raped
I’m a fighter and a little star

I understand we’re not real Americans
But I say we could be more than Americans
I dream of having unlimited love and not to be shy!
I try to fly in a open blue sky
I hope nobody puts me to the cage because
I want to be a freedom bird
I’m a fighter and a little star

I AM
By Asmaul 

I am emotional and a good listener
I wonder about secret things in the world
I hear the sound of sparkling souls
I see my grandmother sit in front of me
I want a beautiful family in the future
I am emotional and a good listener

I pretend I am the happiest girl in the world
I feel happy when someone gives me surprise gift
I touch the water in the middle of the ocean
I worry about my life
I cry when my best friend hurts me
I pretend I am the happiest girl in the world
I am emotional and a good listener

I understand to survive in New York is like to find gold mine
I say I really believe my religion
I dream I will be an engineer
I try to make good relations with everyone
I hope I will have a shining life
I understand to survive in New York is so hard
I am emotional and a good listener


I AM

By Jeba

I am wondry and weird
I wonder why the sky turns into different colors
I hear clouds are drizzling at each other
I see stars are shining
I want to touch the sky
I am wondry and weird

I pretend not to be looking at you
I feel depressed when you ignore me
I touch your soul
I worry about losing you
I cry when I see tears on my parents’ eyes
I am wondry and weird

I understand if I give respect, I will gain respect
I say thank you to Allah for every single moment in my life
I dream of flying in the blue sky
I try to make my parents proud of me
I hope I will overcome all my fears
I am wonder and weird


I AM

By Shahla 

I am proud, brave
I wonder what I’m gonna do with my life
I hear all negative comments
I see success
I want to be a good person
I am proud, brave

I pretend to be scared
I feel powerful
I touch the sun shine
I worry about my life
I cry over my low self-esteem
I am proud, brave

I understand my desire and destiny
I say let’s not be scared
I dream of a beautiful world
I try my best to succeed
I hope there will be no depression
I am proud, brave


I AM

By Hasnatul 

I am wanderlust and ready to go
I wonder of going to outer space and drinking orange juice
I hear a piano’s sound from nature
I see myself by the bank of a river and in the deep forest
I want to go a long way, complete my astronomy PhD, and see Mecca
I am stubborn and a hard nut to crack

I pretend to be a singer but I am not
I feel for disabled underprivileged persons and passionate about human rights
I touch the morning fresh air in a greenery place
I worry about my family’s hope of me
I cry when someone breaks my trust
I am hearty but not close

I understand life isnot easy, one day I have to die
I say believe in God, don’t worry about what’s gone and what’s coming next
I dream of staying at the zenith of my dream mountains
I try to complete my bucket list
I hope to learn new words, new languages, and new methods
I am wanderlust and ready to go