It Was Awful

It was Awful ~ Poems by an alumnus of Bingham Academy, Ethiopia

It was just awful! 
really, really awful while you were gone.

I wanted to talk with you so many times.... 
I wished you were around and I could hear your voice 
I just wanted to be near to you.... 

It was just awful, really awful. 

I did not want to go to sleep without kissing you good-night. 
I did not want to go to bed without relaxing together with the family before bed. 
It was awful....

I did not like waking up being scolded first thing 
I did not like waking up having to go potty and I was not allowed 
I did not like waking up to a face that did not smile at me 
I did not like waking up so abruptly 
I wanted your gentle wake-up 

It was really awful...awful 

I wanted to cry, but there was no one to comfort me 
I wanted to cry, but there was no place to have tears 
I wanted to cry, but no one heard me 
I wanted you then 

It was really, really awful 

I did not like being forced to hurry with my supper 
throw it up in my plate and be scolded 
It was awful 
I wanted you then 

It was awful 
and I could never tell you how awful it was 

It was really awful 
and I wanted you then.

Please do not let go of me again 
Please do not send me back there 
Please don't ever leave me again like that 
Please it was too awful for me

There was nowhere to go with the awful 
It was so awful that I went to sleep 
It was awful 
It was really, really awful

by Marion Entz Harris, June 11, 2002 
Marion grew up in Ethiopia attending Bingham Academy.