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My Suitcase Is Packed

My Suitcase Is Packed

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In 2011 and 2012 English PEN worked with the Tricycle Theatre and two schools from Brent to create a book of writing by young newly arrived people. This is the result of their amazing work alongside writers such as Malika Booker and Miriam Halahmy. This project was supported by John Lyon's Charity.
In 2011 and 2012 English PEN worked with the Tricycle Theatre and two schools from Brent to create a book of writing by young newly arrived people. This is the result of their amazing work alongside writers such as Malika Booker and Miriam Halahmy. This project was supported by John Lyon's Charity.

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First published in Great Britain in 2012 by English PEN, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Collection

copyright © English PEN, 2012 The moral right of the authors has been asserted. The views expressed in this book are those of the individual authors, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editors, publishers or English PEN. All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior permission of both the copyright owner and the publisher of the book. A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN 978-0-9564806-8-2 Printed and bound in Great Britain by Aldgate Press, Units 5&6, Gunthorpe Street Workshops, 3 Gunthorpe Street, London E1 7RQ www.aldgatepress.co.uk Designed by Brett Biedscheid, www.statetostate.co.uk

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Arrivals and Departures introduction by Malika Booker

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Painful Noises Zuheir Mohamed Ali Go and Open the Door Abdullah Salem Family Zuheir Mohamed Ali When I Travelled For The First Time Hijratullah Tawhidyar This Me Anusha Choppala Power over my Life Fadumo Mohamed Me and My Love Fadumo Mohamed Go and Open the Door Bhagwat Pawar Love Story of Bird and Rose Bhagwat Pawar My Suitcase Noor Al-Khalidy My Lovely Rabbit Fadumo Mohamed Paint Giulia Isabele Ricci de Brito My Sunglasses Anil Pawar Lost You! Divyesh Rama Power over my Life Alpesh Danilkumar Open the Door Noor Al-Khalidy My Watch... Vrushank Dalal Love Noor Al-Khalidy Love is Like… Betinia-Naomi Pomparau What is a key? Divyesh Rama Power over my life Anusha Choppala My Suitcase Faaduma Farah My Suitcase Betinia-Naomi Pomparau Suitcase Sathveeka Sriskantharajah My Wallet Anusha Choppala Fahmo translates Aristotle Fahmo Abukar

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My Candle Fahmo Abukar About Pictures Fahmo Abukar My Suitcase is Packed Oana-Elisa Bleaja The Sky Sathveeka Sriskantharajah Notebook Sathveeka Sriskantharajah My Suitcase Hamdi Yusuf Crocodile River Hamdi Yusuf Magic Door Artur Kamikov Artur translates Kurt Vonnegut Artur Kamikov Be Rich Ahmed Ahmed Dice Artur Kamikov A Red Angry Love Renato Pereira Giulia translates Doris Lessing Giulia Isabele Ricci de Brito Suitcase Renato Pereira Over My Life Mariana Ile My Heart Said Mariana Ile Flowers at the Door Mohamed Hussein Faaduma translates C S Lewis Faaduma Farah Never Forget Ahmed Ahmed Power over my Life Oana-Elisa Bleaja My Mum’s Glasses Aamir Haji Glasses Aamir Haji Leaf poems Name poems Animal poems Super poems

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Contents My Watch
Sadness in Life Anil Pawar In My Suitcase Mina Salman

Enjoy Your Life Abdullah Salem

Abukar Omar Osman

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I Remember Aishvarya Ramniklal My Suitcase Larisa Borhan Go and Open the Door Ahmad Salem My Paint Blue Colour Aishvarya Ramniklal I Remember my country Alpesh Danilkumar Go and Open the Door Fadumo Mohamed Power Over my Life Denisa Roberta Dinu The Door Denisa Roberta Dinu My Suitcase Aishvarya Ramniklal I want to say... Bhagwat Pawar Power over my Life Aishvarya Ramniklal The Door Aishvarya Ramniklal Unforgettable History Abukar Omar Osman Power over my Life Mirela Andrei My Lost Bracelet Larisa Borhan My Suitcase Mirela Andrei This World is our Shared Village Hijratullah Tawhidyar Joy Larisa Borhan Sadness of Life Alpesh Danilkumar The Suitcase Vrushank Dalal Go and Open the Door Zuheir Mohamed Ali

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Arrivals and Departures
introduction by Malika Booker There is something humbling about working with young people who have recently arrived in the country and have English as a second language. It makes one have to plan the sessions carefully, makes one aware of the challenges that a participant faces sitting in a room and having to write, talk and express themselves in a language that they do not know. I loved and admired the young people that I worked with on this project. I was awed by their tenacity, their personalities and their ability to rise to the challenge each week and their joy and pleasure when they were able to find a new word for their vocabulary, when they had written a good poem or made a breakthrough with a word or phrase. I also praise the dedication of the teachers who journeyed with them each Monday, who aided me in the sessions or equipped me with feedback if I spoke too fast or planned too elaborate a session.

Reading the poems in this collection I am struck by the power of words and language, by the grace and elegance of a poem, by the rich tapestry of imagery, the emotional resonance of the work, the lingering of loss, and missing and love. I remember the hard labour that went into the construction of these pieces; the dictionaries pored over, the blank pages sitting there as the writer tried to grapple with the task at hand. ‘My Suitcase is packed’ is an apt title for this collection because it encompasses the variety of journeys that these writers had to take, and the stocking and restocking that had to be done to achieve, as well as arrive at their destination. I am thankful to have been able to work with these cheeky, loving, enthusiastic students and hope that they are as proud of this collection as I am. I also salute all the other writers who worked on the project: Aoife Mannix, John Hegley, Simon Mole and Miriham Halahmy and the wonderful Pat Hicks whose work was invaluable to the students and myself.

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Enjoy Your Life
Abdullah Salem Power over my life peace and love over and over again. Remember this and you will be fine. Enjoy your life, and you will be fine. Enjoy your life, and if you are a model on TV you life will be full of happiness. Live your life like a king and enjoy it, interesting things will be happen if you do all that. But at the end of your life will be dead, but whatever life goes on, that is the end of everyone’s life. Abdullah speaks Arabic and English and likes going to the gym.

My Watch
Abukar Omar Osman My watch is shiny and it’s the most beautiful watch I have ever seen in my life. My rolex watch is yellow, my friend gave it to me as a gift. It is a light and small watch, it looks like a diamond, it is an expensive watch because he bought it with ten thousand pounds. Whenever I am going to school it is first thing I wear because it makes me happy and my classmates are jealous of me also every time they are talking about my gold watch, but it is not gold. Abukar likes playing football, talking on the phone, watching TV and reading love stories.

Sadness in Life
Anil Pawar Sadness is like grey sky and thunder It feels like we are alone in the world. It sound slike crying or somebody that is shouting at us. It feels like somebody has broken my heart. Sadness is like a broken heart. Anil speaks English and Hindi. He likes playing cricket.

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In My Suitcase
Mina Salman In my suitcase I would take the sound of my brother’s laughter which never stops. I would take the smell of my own room. The smell from the burning candles. I wouldn’t take the screaming of angry people, who let you forget everything about happiness. I wouldn’t take sadness who only knows tears, who let you forget words like “Smile” or “Laugh” and who will remove everything good from your life and change it from happiness to despair. Mina speaks English, Arabic and Swedish and likes to go shopping, play sport and go out with friends.

I Remember
Aishvarya Ramniklal I remember Miriam Halahmy because she had black short hair. She had a beautiful stone With grey, black, and brown colours. I remember she gave us different objects Like a necklace, sunglasses, a bracelet, a watch etc. I remember John Hegley I remember he had played music with his guitar I remember he likes curries very much I remember Malika Booker I remember she wrote the poem about her mother. Aishvarya speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English and likes to read stories and poetry.

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My Suitcase
Larisa Borhan Inside my small black with yellow flowers suitcase I would take My green laptop My blue jeans (they are very special to me because grand-mother gave them to me) And I would also like to take my make-up bag with my blue mascara and my pink lipstick. Larisa speaks Romanian and English. She likes listening to music.

Go and Open the Door
Ahmad Salem Go and open the door maybe outside there is a country. Kuwait is the country. Maybe you will see death and war. Maybe you will see guns, bullets, bombs and terror. But no matter what, you will see happy, helpful and handsome people. So go and open the door, maybe you will see children playing on the street or maybe you will see the beautiful shiny sun. So go and open the door. Ahmad speaks Arabic and English. He likes to play football.

My Paint Blue Colour
Aishvarya Ramniklal My paint is pthalos Blue paint. It is in different colours like yellow, green, red etc. It has a smooth touch It shines and it looks bright When we colour in our room’s wall. Blue is one of the best colours The sky is also in blue I like my paint very much. Aishvarya speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English and likes to read stories and poetry.

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I Remember my country
Alpesh Danilkumar I remember my country. Because I miss my relatives in India. I remember that big mountain, trees and lots of nature. I love my India. Because India is the most amazing country in the world. In India there are nice places like nature. I remember that some day, I had fun with my friends in nice weather with shiny clouds. Some day it’s like raining in the darkness. Like sky meet Earth. My country India looks like a natural Garden. It feels like you enjoy people and happiness. I miss my country like I forgot my happiness and joy. Alpesh speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English. His hobbies include playing cricket and football.

Go and Open the Door
Fadumo Mohamed Go and open the door Maybe outside there’s A celebration of your mother’s birthday and lovely faces smiling with you. Go and open the door Maybe there’s a Lion fighting with the people or your country is burning. Go and open the door You’ll see your mother smiling at you Or your boyfriend Just Go and open the door. Maybe there’s Your boyfriend kissing your lips Or your dreams coming true. Fadumo speaks Somali, Arabic and English. She likes reading history books, playing basketball and watching TV.

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Power Over my Life
Denisa Roberta Dinu Peace and love Over and over, Where the sunshine has power Every day, every night Remember this and you will be fine One day you will forget Very quickly this will die Everyone wants to know but you don’t remember what you knew, Memories and feelings Yesterday I lost Lines about the life Interesting things, beautiful lies I felt bad and good at the same time Everything that I knew. Different dimensions. Another life – Entertainments and amazing times. Nobody can understand Inside me I have a fight – Sad, good and strange adventures And my only way is to be independent. Imagination without you Nouns and crazy things about me Different ways to live Estimated on my mind People who said I’m mad they don’t know who I am Everyone thinks they are special but nobody is perfect. Divertissement, art and surprise Every time, every night Nobody can understand This is the way I am.

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The Door
Denisa Roberta Dinu Go and open the door Maybe outside there’s the beautiful place where we will meet one day everything’s about us every word’s what one day I said, or the lost feelings in your mind Maybe even you my love. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s the happiness that I lost that smile which you take every second or the old memories. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s you – my best thing which makes me fly you – my best friend with your simple and beautiful name Mirela. you – the person who makes me keep up even when I knew everything was lost. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s the blue and shine sea the beach where I was born maybe my first surf class and the hot summer maybe there is Portugal. Denisa speaks Portuguese, Romanian, English and Spanish. She likes sports, writing and Marine Biology.

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My Suitcase
Aishvarya Ramniklal Inside my soft and blue in colour suitcase I would like to take A blue diamond necklace My beautiful hair pin Which has a white feather on it. I would like to take A story book which Is designed in multi-colour. It smells like my beautiful Pink T-shirt and it has The colourful butterflies on it It tastes like strawberry cake When it catches our eyes. It sounds like the bangles. It is made of glass strikes and creates a breaking sound of glass It feels spongy when We touch and it reacts again It feels like you are Flying freely in the air But I would not like to take broken wings with me.

I want to say...
Bhagwat Pawar I want to say that I like you I want to say that I love you I want to say that I can’t forget you. I want to say that I can’t leave you. I want to say that I am in love with you. I want to say that I miss you. I want to say that I wanna hug you. I want to say that I don’t want to go without you. I want to say that I don’t wanna lose you. I want to say that I can die for you. Bhagwat speaks Hindi, Urdu and English and likes listening to music and playing cricket.

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Power over my Life
Aishvarya Ramniklal Peace and love Over and over Where ever you are Every time in my life Remember this and you will be fine. On the way Visit a place Ever you want to see Recognise that place which you see in your dream. Most beautiful Yellow colour Lots of new flowers Including your best one For the rest Everyone of those who you liked.

The Door
Aishvarya Ramniklal Go and open the door Maybe outside there’s a Garden full of coloured flowers Go and open the door Maybe you will see there’s A funny face Maybe there is a witch Go and open the door Maybe you will hear A voice coming through your face Go and open the door Maybe you will see The hugest building that you had ever seen Go and open the door Maybe you will see what you never expect to see. Aishvarya speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English and likes to read stories and poetry.

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Unforgettable History
Abukar Omar Osman There was a beautiful girl called Putey Bidaye Turu Dhagadele and she was the most amazing friend I have ever met. I met her at midnight. It was Sunday night, no school, the weather was warm and it was an exciting, wonderful night. We sat in a big park called Puchong park. We talked all the night. The people were sleeping and the streets were quiet. We were definitely happy that night and she kissed me, and I kissed her. After seven hours we decided to go back home. It was difficult to find a bus because it was midnight. We got a bus after two hours but the driver crossed a red traffic light and there was an accident. The driver died. All I know is everybody was screaming and I can’t concentrate myself because my friend got a scar on her hand and needed stitches and help. We called emergency help. We heard the sound of emergency sirens, someone from the hospital wearing white clothes called me. She was saying “come to me, you are bleeding”. In fact, I ran away. Anyway we went back home peacefully. I couldn’t look at her face because I remember how it was that night and now, I can’t look her in the face. Abukar speaks Somali and English. His hobbies include playing football, talking on the phone, watching TV and reading love stories.

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Power over my Life
Mirela Andrei Peace and love Over and over Wherever you are Every time in my life Remember this and you will be fine. One thing about my life is I like to be Very much in control Everyday I want to be happy but I Remember my country. My friends, my everything Yesterday is gone forever. Life, here is not life I hope to go back to Romania Forever, and never come back. Everyday I get closer, going back. Mirela speaks Romanian and English. She likes volleyball, writing, reading, watching movies and surfing the internet.

My Lost Bracelet
Larisa Borhan I lost my bracelet I lost my bracelet on the street It had different colours. It was feminine and elegant. It had different things. I was so sad when I lost it. It was so special to me, I miss it so much. Larisa speaks Romanian and English, she likes music and watching movies.

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My Suitcase
Mirela Andrei Inside my long, pink and soft suitcase I would like to take A pair of jeans, My black favourite boots with a large zip My most colourful shirt with many straight lines My largest make up bag, I can’t breathe without it The smell of my mom’s clothes I will never forget it. The smell and taste of mash potatoes which my mum cooked every Friday. The taste of my sister’s strawberry cake, My mum’s fingers when she touched my brow when I was sick, The sound of the birds who always wake me up early in the morning, The sound of my mom shouting at me, The sound when I cry, My sister’s curly hair, her lovely face, My house, my pink and lovely room with butterflies on the walls. Mirela speaks Romanian and English. She likes volleyball, writing, reading, watching movies and surfing the internet.

This World is our Shared Village
Hijratullah Tawhidyar The leaders of the world, the process of Atomic Power. This world is our shared village. Don’t bring violence to it. Why, why break the silence in it. Please don’t break the silence in it. Just for your own greed and lust. Don’t punish our innocent lives, children, mothers and wives. Don’t make slaves of our labour. We are grown with our own dreams and hopes. Why are you snatching that pen from our hands? Don’t pollute our colourful and beautiful world. We are feeling freedom in our hands of innocent children. This beautiful and stylish place, needs not to be Ruled by your greedy wills. Don’t destroy my motherland. Hijratullah speaks Pashto and English.

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Joy
Larisa Borhan Looks like the sun shining on a rainbow Feels as soft and velvety as a kitten Tastes like a sweet apple covered in honey. Smells like a yellow daffodil Sounds like birds singing I’m proud because I was able to write this poem about joy. Larisa speaks Romanian and English and likes watching movies.

Sadness of Life
Alpesh Danilkumar It looks like grey sky raining and thunder. It feels like being alone in the world It tastes bitter. It smells like when you miss someone. It sounds like raindrops on the street. Sadness is like a broken heart. Sadness is so lonely Sadness is a bad thing in the whole world. Alpesh speaks Gujarati, English and Hindi and likes playing cricket and football.

The Suitcase
Vrushank Dalal Inside my blue, soft and light suitcase I would take my black Reebok cricket kit, photos of my friends and family, lots of clothes and my black HTC phone. I would take the smell of sand from the sea. Because I like the smell of sea too much. I would take lots of chocolates and different types of chocolate. Vrushank speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English and likes to play cricket.

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Go and Open the Door
Zuheir Mohamed Ali Go and open the door Maybe outside there’s someone you lost. Go and open the door Maybe you’ll see that smile again. Go and open the door Even if there’s nothing. Go and open the door To hear that voice. Go and open the door To say good-bye one last time. Go and open the door And leave the past behind. Go and open the door And don’t be afraid to close it!

Painful Noises
Zuheir Mohamed Ali Painful noises on the way wars that never end Eed this and we’ll have peace. Respect is all it takes. Options that save lives Versions from countries Elements that don’t exist Resist the Image. Money don’t matter Years from now it won’t exist Inhale love Exhale hate. Zuheir speaks Dutch, Somali, and English and likes shopping, cooking and going out with friends.

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Go and Open the Door
Abdullah Salem Go and open the door maybe outside there’s a dance floor or maybe a big party go and open the door. Go and open the door maybe outside is a friend you have missed very much go and open the door. Go and open the door maybe there’s a bag with lots of money. Go and open the door maybe there’s your dream car go and open the door. Go and open the door maybe it’s your lover or your father or your mother or your brother or your grandmother or your grandfather. Abdullah speaks Arabic and English.

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Family
Zuheir Mohamed Ali The feeling that you have when you’re surrounded by your loved ones. The taste of when I’m eating Bariis/yo moos/Rice and Banana on a Sunday evening with my family. Families are like different flowers from the same Garden. Whatever you do they’ll always be there for you. Zuheir speaks Dutch, Somali, English and French and likes shopping, cooking and going out with friends.

When I Travelled For The First Time
Hijratullah Tawhidyar When I travelled for the first time I was only 13 years old I had a black and light blue bag. Inside I had a blue Afghan passport. Inside I had special Afghan clothes and three hundred dollars in a secret pocket. My mother told me to look after that bag. “You have inside a very special book, Qur’an.” Inside I had the sound of my country, birds making noises in the morning. my mother kissing me and saying “don’t forget me and your country. Never.” I still have the smell of my mother. Hijratullah speaks Pashto and English.

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This Me
Anusha Choppala I am Anusha. I am orange. I am banana. I am very simple. I am very happy. I am not a singer. I am not a dancer. I am not a teacher. I am not a planner. I am not a dog. I saw a Noor in the classroom. I saw a dog in my house this morning. I saw my friend. I saw my car. I saw my shoes. Anusha speaks Telugu and English. Her hobbies include reading books, watching TV and playing video games.
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Power over my Life
Fadumo Mohamed Peace and love Over and over Whatever you are every time in my life remember this and you will be fine. Once you can manage your life and visit different places. every day and every time remember and never forget it. Maybe I’ll go back to Somalia. Yes I’ll go back. Yes I’ll go back to Somalia. Learn how to fight your country I will remember to fight my country fight and die for your country every day and every time I love Somalia.

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Me and My Love
Fadumo Mohamed Falling in love always I will be there Don’t listen other people Understand each other That’s what we need My heart loves you calling you to come for the rest of my life. Obey my orders, every thing will be all right. Fadumo speaks Somali, Arabic and English and likes reading history books, watching TV and playing basketball.

Go and Open the Door
Bhagwat Pawar Go and open the door maybe outside there’s gold. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s your love. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s friends. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s chocolate cake. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s an Asian lady. Go and open the door maybe outside there’s God. Bhagwat speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and English and likes playing cricket.

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Love Story of Bird and Rose
Bhagwat Pawar Once upon a time there was a bird. One day, he went to the forest, and he saw a beautiful rose in the forest, and he fall in love with her. One day he proposed to the rose and the rose said to him “I can’t fall in love with you because I am not red in colour. The day when I turn red that day I can fall in love with you.” A few months ago, the bird again proposed to the rose and she again said to him no, and she said “I’m not still red in colour, you have to wait.” The bird loved her very much. The next day he cut off his hand, it was bleeding. The blood of the bird fell down into the rose, and the rose became red. And the bird died. The rose realised that the bird loved her very much. Bhagwat speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and English and likes playing cricket and listening to music.

My Suitcase
Noor Al-Khalidy In my pink and black suitcase. I put my black dress. I put in a story, a romance book with a pink cover. I put in my mascara and pink lipstick. I put in the Love that looks like butterflies in the garden. I don’t put anger because that makes me sad. I put my family photo, it’s a colour photo when my family Was happy and everybody was smiling In the photo I have two brothers and one sister and my parents. Noor speaks Arabic and English and likes to read, learn English, write, dance, and listen to music.

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My Lovely Rabbit
Fadumo Mohamed Once upon a time. It was my birthday. The air was pure, the sun was bright and the sky was clear. My mum gave me a rabbit, it was a female rabbit, black and white, and her eyes was green. She was beautiful and usually she liked to eat carrots and other vegetables. Her name was Jijiina. I used to take Jijiina around to play with other rabbits. My neighbour used to have a rabbit as well. One day, she got in to a fight with another rabbit. I found out after I came home. I ask mom “Mom where is Jijiina” “I don’t know, she was over there before you came in.” I went to the outside of my house and I saw her. She had nasty bruises on her face. She was very sad. I took her to the vet and luckily the doctor said that she will get better. A few days after Jijiini passed away and she was three and half years old when she was died. She will be with me in my heart. I will never forget her and she will be for the rest of my life. Fadumo speaks Somali, Arabic and English and likes reading history books, playing football and watching TV.

Paint
Giulia Isabele Ricci de Brito I have one painting It is blue! Am I a painter? Yes, I am! I paint on the board; I paint the sea, I paint the moon, I paint the sky, I paint the people, I paint the world, Yes, I am painting! I am painting! I just paint life… The beautiful life! Giulia speaks Portuguese and English. Giulia loves to read, and dance.
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My Sunglasses
Anil Pawar My sunglasses are very costly. They have different shapes. My glasses are made of gold. They protect my eyes from the sun. When we wear glasses we look smart and cool. We can wear them on holidays or at a party. My sunglasses are black in colour. I put my glasses on my shirt. Anil speaks English and Hindi and likes playing cricket.

Lost You!
Divyesh Rama I saw you, two years ago, I loved you. As you know I thought you will never say No! I knew, I will always love you more, But I was not destined to be yours... I never drunk wine But just like number nine I don’t know why you were not mine However, I still hope you’re fine... Divyesh speaks Gujarati and English and likes playing cricket and computer games.

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Power over my Life
Alpesh Danilkumar Peace and love... Over and over, Wherever you are, Every time, I miss you. Our... Value of a life Every time and days Ready for help. My life is colourful because of you. Life is amazing If you concentrate. Full of love and colourful emotion and love and love...and love... Alpesh speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English and likes to play cricket and football.

Open the Door
Noor Al-Khalidy Go and open the door I see my country I see the building where my family and friends live. Noor speaks Arabic and English and likes to read, learn English, write, dance, and listen to music.

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My Watch...
Vrushank Dalal My watch is beautiful, It’s very expensive, My friend gave it to me as a gift. It costed £10,000, It’s a Rolex watch, My watch reminds me of nice days, with my friend, It’s very important, My watch has different colours, like blue, red, black, my watch saw me in to late days and time, My watch has different shapes, like round, square, my watch is small, Oh my watch is good and I like it. Vrushank Dalal speaks Gujarati, Hindi and English and likes playing cricket.

Love
Noor Al-Khalidy Love looks like butterflies Flying in the garden, going to All the flowers. Noor speaks Arabic and English and likes to read, learn English, write, dance, and listen to music.

Love is Like…
Betinia-Naomi Pomparau Love is like a red flower. Love is like a bird flying. Love is like a red cherries, when are dancing. Love is like a blue sea! Betinia-Naomi speaks Romanian, Greek and English. She likes to play volleyball and tennis and to dance.

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What is a key?
Divyesh Rama I found a key. It was old and beautiful. It was dark and gold. I can open the door. I can use the key for a piano. When I go to school I will take this key. If I lose it I will be sad. Because when I go to my home I can’t open the door. Divyesh speaks Gujarati and English and likes playing cricket and computer games.

Power over my life
Anusha Choppala People are together dancing. Outside in the night, with my friends after eight o’clock right there! Other people are standing and seeing. It is very very beautiful and nice. Everybody sees this dance. Really like this – dancing very badly. Anusha speaks Telugu and English and likes reading books, watching TV and playing video games.

My Suitcase
Faaduma Farah My black suitcase is shining and soft. I would take my golden ring. It is shining. I would take my blue leather jacket I would take love like a bird flying in the blue sky. My suitcase is closed and the zipper locked I love my suitcase. Faaduma speaks Somalia and English.

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My Suitcase
Betinia-Naomi Pomparau My brown leather suitcase is packed. I would take with me a lot of white birds and I will give them freedom. I would take with me Love, and I will give it to everyone. Love is like red flowers smelling sweet. I would take a lot of photos with me to remember my family and friends. Betinia-Naomi speaks Romanian, Greek and English. She likes to play volleyball and tennis and to dance.

Suitcase
Sathveeka Sriskantharajah My small soft square leather suitcase. I would take my red Sri Lankan passport. I would take my yellow birth certificate. In the suitcase white and blue picture of my sisters and when we were seventeen and ten. Big sister is wearing blue jeans and red jacket and younger sister is wearing black jeans and blue jacket. My sister is smile and angry when we were in the picture. In the suitcase, blue, toothbrush. In the suitcase my mum house address I write in my red note book. In the suitcase I have happiness I am playing in the beach. In my happiness I am going with my friend Park My happiness I am feeling I am with animals in the forest in my suitcase I put rose flower. Sathveeka speaks Tamil and English and likes reading and playing computer games.

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My Wallet
Anusha Choppala I have a wallet. It was black and gold. It was soft and rough. It was heavy. It was so nice. I took my wallet in my pocket. I put in my bag. I put secrets in my wallet. I took my wallet everywhere. My wallet nobody takes. I put my wallet in my family picture It is so beautiful. Anusha speaks Telugu and English. Her hobbies include reading books, watching TV and playing video games.

Fahmo translates Aristotle
Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than parents, for these gave only life, those the art of living well. Arisotle Kuwataclinta ilmakalcuwaso xushmeeyay waxbadan. Hadane walidadu, kuwaso siyay holol. Katiya, kuwaso ooku nool holol fican. Fahmo Abukar Fahmo is from Somalia. She likes listening to music and watching TV.

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My Candle
Fahmo Abukar I like my candle because if you have got a light, you can use it on a table it has a nice colour, it is a new candle, it is very soft and beautiful, my candle.

About Pictures
Fahmo Abukar I see the pictures. I see nice shoes. I see pegs Africa and America joining each other I see patterning in the red colour and black and green. I want to touch the sky. Fahmo is from Somalia. She likes listening to music and watching TV.

My Suitcase is Packed
Oana-Elisa Bleaja I would take the peace, it will be a sunny day, a lot of white birds, people looking at the blue sky. I would take my favourite dress and my favourite glass for the sun. I would take a picture with my family, when they are so happy. Oana-Elisa speaks Romanian and English. She likes to read and play volleyball, football, ping-pong and tennis.

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The Sky
Sathveeka Sriskantharajah She walks in the night At eight o’clock she saw The sky, so beautiful like my friend’s face. Here, the sky is dark and bright Very, very nice the stars in the sky Whenever she saw in the sky at eight o’clock It was really deep night.

Notebook
Sathveeka Sriskantharajah I buy a notebook It is a new It was beautiful and nice. It was orange and black It was soft and small I writing a poem I took in my bag. It was important I took in my home I put in my table If I lost the notebook I would feel sad and bad. Sathveeka speaks Tamil and English and likes reading and playing computer games.

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My Suitcase
Hamdi Yusuf I put my love story book in my suitcase. Love is like birds flying in the sky. I put my lipstick in my suitcase. My suitcase is rectangular and soft. It is golden. My suitcase is like clouds.

Crocodile River
Hamdi Yusuf When I was in my country. I had many friends. My close friend was called Amal. She was funny, she liked to tell me funny stories. When I was with her, I was feeling happy. We liked to go the river. The river was dangerous because there were many crocodiles. One day the weather was sunny, it was morning. My friend and I went to the river. Our aim was to swim in the river. When we arrived we saw a lot of children who were swimming. The river was big and powerful there were many trees beside the river, we were try to start swimming but unfortunately a crocodile jumped immediately and caught one of the children. I was watching. Oh! It was very bad. I will never forget that day. Hamdi speaks Somali and English and likes listening to the Qur’an.

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Magic Door
Artur Kamikov Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a dragon breathing the fire and Harry Potter fighting with the fire dragon. People together dancing Outside in the night. With my friends after Eight o’clock Right there!

Artur translates Kurt Vonnegut
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut Mire godjkhbe hpogodjkamb hplmzamb co ckad umodey ha nymu bhuz y hac packpoebaducb kpurdbil. Artur Kamikov Artur speaks Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and English. He likes going on the computer and playing video games.

Be Rich
Ahmed Ahmed One day a little boy (his name was Ali Ali) lived with his grandfather. The grandfather’s name was Usman. They haven’t got any money. Ali is 9 years old and Usman is 45 year old. They don’t know what they can do. In the end, Usman will be married with a rich woman and they will be a rich family. Ahmed speaks Somali, Norwegian and English and likes sports, particularly football.

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Dice
Artur Kamikov It was wooden and very easy. It was light brown and black. It was soft and warm. I can play with it everywhere. The dice are nice and beautiful. Artur speaks Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and English. He likes going on the computer and playing video games.

A Red Angry Love
Renato Pereira Angry is like, red eyes exploding in your face. Love is like, two red cherries dancing with each other. Love is like, a red pen painting your beautiful face, on the paper. Renato speaks Portuguese and English and likes playing football and computer games.

Giulia translates Doris Lessing
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way. Doris Lessing Issoe o que aprendere. Voce derrepende entende alguma coisa que voce tem entendido a sua vida inteira, mas em um novo rumo. Giulia Isabele Ricci de Brito

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Suitcase
Renato Pereira My black and yellow suitcase is packed . I would like take my favourite clothes, like my grey jeans, my purple shirt and my black shoes. I would like take my family, because I would miss them. I would like to take my friends, because I would miss them too and I want to see them. Renato speaks Portuguese and English and likes playing football and computer games.

Over My Life
Mariana Ile Outside, the weather was very nice and in the evening, it started to rain. My heart was stolen by you! Love is like poison inside you, your heart beats for someone special, every day. Mariana speaks Romanian and English. She likes listening to music, playing handball and watching TV.

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My Heart Said
Mariana Ile My heart said: love those who are your friends. Real friends who help you and I know that because friends are your brothers/sisters for long/short time. Now I think I have friends and real friends, so I am happy! Mariana speaks Romanian and English. She likes listening to music, playing handball and watching TV.

Flowers at the Door
Mohamed Hussein Go and open the door maybe there are red and white flowers looking beautiful. I can see the outline of an airplane I can see a hand that has drawn an airplane I can see a blue and red carpet. I can see a needle that they were using to draw an airplane It makes me feel bad because it makes me scary and nervous. Mohamed speaks Somali and English. He likes reading and playing football.

Faaduma translates C S Lewis
Most of all, perhaps, we need an intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has anything magical about it, but we cannot study the future. C S Lewis Guud ahaan laga yabo waxaan ubahanahay agoonta gaarka ku ah ee laso daafay tii hore mahu waxbu sixir ah kuma aha ayada laakin ma baran karno waxa mustaqbalka. Faaduma Farah

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Never Forget
Ahmed Ahmed Hora min bror og soster. Jeg vill se noe til dere. Noen vis du hor pi meg You will aldri tape. Det Jegvil se til Degier aldri be Sur aldri svar no. Aldri ikke royk And aldri ikke drikk Oll. Og aldri ikke Hor pa vennen dine Vis de lager noen problemer. Bror soster hor Pa Meg. Brother and sisters listening to me I want to tell you something if you do you will never lose. I want to tell you don’t be angry, and don’t answer with no. And don’t smoke and listen to your parents. Brother and sisters, listen to me. Ahmed speaks Somali, Norwegian and English and likes sports, particularly football.

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Power over my Life
Oana-Elisa Bleaja Love is like the red colour and Inside your heart, you feel something strong for someone, every day. For example, it’s a model to be followed, In your life, you must listen to your heart, It’s a sentiment or an Attitude of mind. Oana-Elisa speaks Romanian and English. She likes to read and play volleyball, football, ping-pong and tennis.

My Mum’s Glasses
Aamir Haji One day after school my mom had me walk to the eye doctor to get my new glasses. It was a beautiful day in Somalia and all the big day in myself maple trees were red, yellow, and oranger after being fitted with my glasses, I left the eye doctors office, my mum she buy a new glasses. My first glasses were probably expensive just my current ones are so. I was excited to learn about company that has changed this making more affordable to consumer’s glasses and quality frames and lenses with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Glasses
Aamir Haji I like my glasses because my glasses are beautiful when I go for party, I wear my glasses. One day one of my friend asked me for my glasses he said “I like your glasses” I told him that if he’d liked my wear glasses he should give me money. When I wear my glasses everybody look at me them. One day, I lost my glasses, I was crying all day. One of my sister who is 5 years asked me “Aamir what happen to you?” then I said “I lost my glasses” she laughed at me and I said it is not funny, finally, I found new glasses I will never forget my glasses. My glasses is the best glasses in this world. Aamir Haji speaks Somalia and 7 other languages, he likes playing football.

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Leaf poems
London can be both exciting and lonely England needs a ray of sunshine to remember the way things were but also to move on. Always look on the bright side of life. Eat vegetables, wear clothes, have a shower, brush your teeth. Forget nothing. Forever is a long time. London England needs help! Always kiss my parents Forget words that hurt me London is beautiful England needs buses Always be my best friend Food in India is delicious London is London Eye England needs good houses Always sing music Friends are loving London is big England needs people Always do drawing Flowers are beautiful London is bigger than Paris England needs fun people Always go to bed Football is a good game London is big and has London eye England needs me to stay here Always chat with my friends Flowers are beautiful

London is traffic lights England needs better weather Always do homework Funny is my brother

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Name poems
At home I’m very happy Happy day chatting with my friend Learning English makes me happy Amina is my best friend My friend likes me Reading is what I love Angry is what my little sister does to me Music from India I love Elephants live in India Something from India is good Hungry I get when I see banana Varuna is my best friend All day I’m happy Really, really, really I like India I would like to be an artist Happiness is cooking my dinner Asda is where I buy my cricket bat Rice is nice Sitting at home is what I do with my friends Hurray for holiday! At school I hate English Numbers are something I like Apples are good Really! I like chocolate. A country called India where I was born. Dancing to music I love. Hospital is like a horrible jail. I like to stay with my family. Karrina is a famous actor in Bollywood. At 6 years old I came to London.

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Animal poems
I’m a dolphin because it’s cute and helpful and soft and playful. Somalia is like a lion, dangerous fighting. Somalia is a hyena, dangerous, cold and grey, living in the jungle but travelling far to come into the village to eat goats. I am a dog, good, playful, likes running, big as a horse, I can be scary India is a lion, It’s strong and fierce, It’s big, colourful And beautiful I am a peacock Because it has multi-colours and it has beautiful feathers. Also it can fly. It has a nice voice. I am from India, India is a tiger Because it is our national animal, India is strong and beautiful I’d like to be a panda Because they are cute, Quiet, not dangerous And they are sleepy. I saw a panda in the zoo And they are so sweet, And I like them. Poland is a moose Because it’s big, strong And beautiful I’m a parrot Because its sound is very lovely and its colour is light green I’m a magpie, Flying, stealing, I’m good at flying. I come from India, It’s like a camel Because it is hot and strong It helps people And we sit on the camel To go somewhere I’m a bird Soft, cute, annoying Little, singing, beautiful My country Spain Is like a snake Brown, green and yellow The snake likes hot weather. My country Morocco is a lion. We have many lions in the Atlas. Morocco has many different foods. I’m a slow chameleon And I can change colours To my landscape or background. I come from Poland and my animal is a lynx because they are very intelligent. They can come in your house through a window without you noticing. One day I was in the kitchen with my grandma cooking. The window was just slightly open and my grandma just heard a little footsteps

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near the cooker and when we turned around we saw it, it was a lynx. He wanted to steal the meat but I run to the room and I took a big broom and tried to whack it but it got scared and ran away. I am a butterfly And I would like to meet different people. I am flying flower to flower. Somalia is a friendly tiger. It is a big and dangerous place. I am a cat because it’s cute, cuddly, soft, playful and not scared Kuwait is a camel that lives in the desert I am a duck because its colour is black and white And its neck is big and small, swimming in the water I come from India and it’s like a horse because it’s hot and strong and we sit on horses when we are going somewhere I’m a lion because I’m beautiful, dangerous and I have got beautiful orange colour and I’m very fast, I saw a lion when I was 9 years old in Somalia. Somalia is a little goat that children like to play with Because it’s so cute and funny And also Somalia is famous for music, poetry, drama Wild animals, goats, camels, cows and bananas

I am a peacock because I like that it’s cute and beautiful And it has different colours. Peacock is proud. Somalia is a crocodile by the river. The skin of the crocodile is green and brown. If I have to be an animal, I would like to be a tiger Because they are nice, strong And they like to do many different things. They are a little bit scary but not so dangerous As they look like. My country Poland is a fox Because there are too many in the forest And they are too fast to catch. I am a rabbit because it’s so nice And lovely. They are not dangerous For us. I like them, how they eat carrots And drink water. Their eye colour is red. When you see their eyes you think that Rabbits are crying, so beautiful. My country Afghanistan is a centipede Because when the weather becomes hot They will be found too much In my country. They are 100% dangerous. They walk slowly. The colour is sometimes brown, Sometimes green. And they have on both sides 40 legs. If they bite you or eat your blood, you will die. When you see them, don’t go near them.

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Super poems
I am Evil Beauty Princess. I want to have black, big boots. I am a vampire blood sucker. Also I am a dangerous person. My clothes are black t-shirt, black jeans and black cloak. My eye colour is red. I have a black shiny bracelet and if something happens, or something goes inside of my heart, I will die. Also if someone’s body bleeds, I must drink their blood. Because I can’t control myself if I see or smell blood.

I am Pinky Fly I am a woman with fly wings Who helps people when they need help. My clothes are pink tight trousers And pink hoody. Pink with diamond trainers. I have a small diamond ring And the magic is when I touch them People feel better. I am Super Secret Driver Black shoes with diamonds For climbing and jumping. Dolce Gabana. I want to have black and gold trousers With zip hoody and white t-shirt. Necklace with my real name. Many magical things I am Super Mind Reader I know what people are really thinking I have gold trainers with gold laces, When I touch someone’s shoe Then I can read their mind. I like to wear small skirt and t-shirt. The t-shirt colour is half silver and half gold And the skirt is pleated. Its colour Is half gold and half silver And the jewelry is silver.

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I am Fast Baby Saver In t-shirt and jeans, Flying shoes with wings And a red and blue cape I never forget When the people see me They close their eyes Because I wear high heels, diamonds, Magic shoes. A long black dress with a hood. I am Enjoy Doctor Rose gold flower dream people I am a princess I can jump over every house in the world And I wear a black top I am Super Animal Friend I have trainers with animals on them so when I jump I can jump wherever I want. I want to have trousers that have half of them is a pattern of zebra and half has a pattern of giraffe and my hood will have a big picture of a chameleon as well I have a bracelet, necklace and ear rings that can do Many magic things. I am Super Girl, Black high boots With the letter I Red jeans And a beige blouse. I am shrinking woman. I wear boots with heels. I wear a red sari with a silver tikka headpiece Dream princess, high heeled shoes with one diamond. Brown, short skirt, sleeveless t-shirt. Cream jacket, short. Small diamond bracelet. Ear rings diamond and a ring.

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Princess High heeled, gold shoes Jewels on the front I like to wear jeans And a t-shirt, The colour is black and white. I can super change into any animal I want My boots are black with rockets in the heels so I can fly and run fast everywhere. I wear jeans and a t-shirt with a heart. When I touch the animals, I can change colour to be the same as them. I am Cute Saver Flat shoes with a flower diamond T-shirt bronze and jeans beige And bracelet with flower and small ring and bag with diamond and beige bandana Leaf Poems, Name Poems, Animal Poems and Super Poems were written as a group by: Iman Al-Shammari, Widad Aouil Ghamzi, Dhangauri Giva, Iman Hassan, Sadia Hassan, Ahlam Iman, Deko Moalim, Amena Osmam, Harshana Ramesh, Varuna Dhanj, Julietta Parczewska, Farhonda Rahimi, Wiktoria Lesniewska, Rhadika Dhanji, Rameshvari Mehji.

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My Suitcase Is Packed has been made as part of a literature education project called Big Writing For A Small World from English PEN’s Readers & Writers Programme supported by John Lyon’s Charity. English PEN is one of the UK’s leading literature and free speech charities, based at the innovative Free Word centre in Farringdon, London. We promote the freedom to write and the freedom to read. The founding centre of a worldwide writers’ association, established in 1921, we are supported by our active membership of leading writers and literary professionals with an elected Board led by the distinguished author Gillian Slovo. Our education programme develops the writing of prisoners, detainees, refugees, asylum-seekers and other socially-excluded groups. We also run a full programme of public events and award prizes to outstanding British and international writers. Big Writing For A Small World involved young people from Copland Community College and Crest Academy. Almost fifty young people who have recently arrived in the UK took part in the project. They worked with the writers Miriam Halahmy, Malika Booker, John Hegley, Simon Mole and Aoife Mannix. Thanks to everyone involved in the project, especially Tanja Villiko-Sefton, Druscilla Rodrigues, Helen Seraphin-Mobbs, Josiane Aziz, Jonathan Kearnes, Mary Chilton, Polly Roberts and Pat Hicks. www.englishpen.org

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