The Passenger Girl

young woman indoors

She is alone and poor.
She is going to her lonely place again.
She has drifted far from her friends and family.
Full of depression and stress,
She can’t say Allah Hafez to her mom, dad, sisters, and brothers.
Her eyes are full of tears and unsaid words.
Her heart carries a heavy onus,
The burden of isolation,
Of living far from her family.

In spite of this, she is laughing and energetic.
She knows that her mom, sisters, and other family members need this confidence.
She wants to be a brave example for her sisters.
She wants her sisters to learn braveness and courage.
If someone asks about her
You should answer:
“The passenger girl,
She came alone and she went alone too.”
My dear Allah,
Please help her.
She needs your help.

By Friba

Photo by UNHCR


  1. Suzanne Scarfone says:

    Dear Friba,

    What a beautifully moving poem. I think your revisions give the reader a true idea of Passenger Girl’s isolation and courage to live her life fully.

  2. Elizabeth Titus says:

    Dear Friba,
    The image of the Passenger Girl moves me so much. I can picture her in my mind. I understand who she is and I want her life to be better, to help her.

    Through your writing, you are helping ALL of the Passenger Girls!

  3. Farzana says:

    the passenger girl loves you always.

  4. This is such a lovely, evocative poem, Friba. The Passenger Girl is someone we can all relate to.

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