I’ve tried to run
I’ve tried to run

I’ve tried to run
from suburb to city,
to mountains and sea,
from father and mother
to husband,
son and daughter.
I hold memories of
passing moments like clouds,
dissolving,
shrinking,
fading,
losing their colour,
like used garments,
all turning to sand running through my fingers.
I hold nothing,
my hands are empty.
I am left with just myself.
There is no outer place to run to,
all roads return to me.

2003

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Poems chosen from an anthology of poems called ‘For Crying Out Loud – Voice of an Exile’, published early 2016.

Bettina

Bettina John von Freyend-Peterseil was born at the end of the 2nd World War in Germany. She exiled herself early on, travelling the world, never able to settle anywhere for long. She now lives in the West of Ireland, where she and her husband built their home, raised their children and tended the land. She has been teaching, writing and in the past 15 years creating her collage work.

The poetry compilation ‘For Crying Out Loud- voice of an exile’ comes at a time when globally people are forced to move on a large scale. Bettina offers a personal account of the mindset of a self imposed exile. She reveals her disconnection and her longing to belong mirroring a world also steeped in separation.

Ouevre

Still children seeking their way home

Poetry by Bettina

We are grown people we claim. To prove it our lips form a tight line, our faces show wrinkles which remind us of years of living, striving, surviving, crying after...
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Lakishma 2

Poetry by Bettina

I have grown old and tired. My hair turned white over years of longing and reaching for Lakishma. I have looked for Lakishma around every corner and beneath every stone....
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Who was I?

Poetry by Bettina

Who was I before I forgot your face? Who was I before I forgot your name? Who was I before? My mother’s face, my father’s face, my brother’s face. Mother...
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Anthology

You are an Era

Poetry by Sanaya

You are an era And I am a tourist, reading A history book about you. I went through the several phases — Old school rock, 60’s jazz and retro The...
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अरी ओ आत्मा री

Poetry by Omendra Ratnu

अरी ओ आत्मा री ! कन्या ,भोली , कुंवारी ! हुआ खेल पूरा अब तो मन से सम्बन्ध तोड़ ! महाशून्य के साथ तेरी सगाई रची गई, अब तो चैतन्य...
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The struggle seemed so insignificant now

Poetry by Simran

The struggle seemed so insignificant now, Like tiny dots that become of people, That had once seemed so intimidating, Are now no more than grains, Caught in the whirlwind of...
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