To Nauru and Manus refugees, Maryam.

It’s Refugee Week 16-22 June 2019, I dedicate my writing to Nauru and Manus refugees.

My thoughts and writing are inspired by my favourite Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad.

Born again

“I will plant my hands in the flowerbed

I will sprout,

I know, I know


The sprouts will lay eggs in the hollows of my inky fingers.”

“In a room the size of one solitude

My heart

Looks at the simple pretexts

Of its own happiness.”

By Forugh Farrokhzad

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My feelings about humanity are not settled, which is excellent.

I love swallows and I always have a look up at the sky to find them. And now I know why……..

Because my feeling is like a swallow’s, intended to bring a message of hope and love.

I would like to fly across the blue and bright sky, to spread the seeds of “Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds” throughout the world.

I wish I could fly.

I wish my entire soul could carry you from that island to the dawn of eternal blossoming.

There are a lot of Iranians forced to become refugees all around the world and they are still in detention. I wrote to express my deep feelings for those who do not have the chance to breathe freely…

Story by Maryam Chengini, a migrant studying Level 3 AMEP at Wyndham Community & Education Centre Geelong CBD.