I was flying in the sky with wishes and dreams.
My wings were powerful and strong.
I was excited about having a bright future.
For making my family and my dreams come true…
I dreamed that a better education would make my country and family proud.

My dreams were shining like stars above the sky.
The moon shined from the brightness of my dreams.
There was no hitch on my way.
I flew, flew and flew.
Every moment I flew high and higher.

My dreams made me want to fly high and higher.
I was on the ground and I was trying to reach the sun.
My dreams were so much higher to reach
But I used all of my power and I flew and flew.

I was quite near to the sun.
Suddenly the sun’s flame engulfed my wings.
There were no wings left to fly.
I was falling back to the ground and I couldn’t see any way to fly again.
My tears were falling like rain.
The fire on my wings was so great
that my tears could not put out the fire.

Every second I was getting closer to the ground,
I felt so far from my dreams.
I wished I had never had any dreams.
I wished I never had wings to fly.
Maybe I should never have seen this harsh fall.
I woke up with no hope and no wishes—a most miserable girl.
I couldn’t see any lightness, only darkness.
I thought I am very far from my dreams.

Suddenly, just as I was about to give up forever,
I got the most beautiful and shiny new wings.
My wings began to fly.
I promised myself and started saying aloud
Just because of the sun’s flame I will not give up.

When my tears heard my promise,
my tears became shiny stars.
Stars helped my wings to become shinier.
I flew higher and higher again.
I was very close to the sun,
and it was trying to destroy my wings again,
but the shine of my wings destroyed the sun.
There was no sun left this time to fire up my wings and take me far from my dreams.

Like me, my wishes are also shining in the sky.
I am full of confidence that my dreams are coming true.

By Farahnaz

Photo by Luis Violante