International School of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
Carrie rose through the sky
A sparkling twinkle in her eye
Past planets, stars and lights she soared
Her dreams consumed her oh once more
‘Mummy, that’s what I want to be’
Carrie looked up and smiled with glee
‘Darling girl the future is bright
Over the sea and into the night
Then our life will be just right’
Her worried eyes searched those of her child
Where she saw joy, shadowed with fright.
We boarded the boat with hundreds alike
No order, no respect, just rushing and fights
The clear, dark sky empty but one
A star so bright it mirrored the sun
Mummy pointed and whispered in my ear
‘This star shall guide us, do not fear’
And as icy winds grabbed at my top
A contrast to the fire hot gunshots
I hugged close to Mummy, all strong, all fierce
She, my hero whom trouble could not pierce.
The boats, surrounded by black
Swayed and tipped forwards and back
A scream. A cry. Of someone close by
Sang me into an eternal lullaby
As I plunged into the vastness, cold and wet
I clung to Mummy every last breath.
Now I can be of what I have dreamed.
As close to the stars as I’ll ever be.
Mia, born in Germany and raised in the UK, has been enrolled in the IB for her entire educational life. She writes as a form of expression, a quick escape from daily life.