I dream

Poem (English below)

أنا أحلم بالغد

لعل الغد أجمل

أنا أكره الشؤم

لعل التفاؤل أفضل

أنا أتصور أنني

ععصفورا يتنقل

وأرى الحياة مرحا

وأناسا تحتفل

وأرى الظلام نورا

وأرى اليأس أمل

أرى الأشياء جميلة

عندما بالسماء أتأمل

أرى الكرفان لعبة

يوما عنها سأرحل

أرى الحياة بمدرستي

والصغار تتجول

فرغم إنني لاجئ

بالصبر أتجمل

فسأبقى طفلا صغيرا

ويحق لي التدلل

I dream of tomorrow

Maybe tomorrow is prettier;

I hate pessimism

Maybe optimism is better.

I dream that I —

I’m a traveling bird

And I see joy in life,

People celebrating.

I see light in the dark;

I see desperation as hope;

I see beautiful things.

When at night I wonder

I see the caravan as toys

I will one day move;

I see my life as at school,

Children roaming.

Although I am a refugee,

With patience I flourish,

I will remain a child

And I have the right to play.

Bashar Al-Waisy

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