Longlisted Poem 2011

Isra Abdi

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham

A place beyond the eye

I come to this place when I feel happy and sad and mad
But I come to this place to think, to be told, to say
My place is the best place I can think of.

I can disagree with rooms and people and sometimes books
But my place is always perfect for me
I have a bedroom that listens when I need to speak, but it never speaks when I need to hear
I have people that saywhen they want me to hear, but never hear when I want to say
But my place isn’t just a hearing place or just a speaking place
No, my place hears when I need to speak and speaks when I need to hear
© Isra Abdi