Me and Them

No money. No choice.
No escape. No voice
Anger surrounds me
They don’t understand
My whole future seems out of my hands

Criticism. Harsh words.
Protests unheard
Life seems quite pointless
It’s all so absurd

I hate myself
They hate me too
There’s nothing to live for
Except to be blue

Just want to fly away
Flee from the lair
Find a life of my own
And be out of their hair

But what you desire
Is always hard to get
Your heart is filled with fire
When you hear the words “not yet”.

You’d think I would feel lucky
Just to be alive
At 18 it ain’t easy
To reach that for which you strive

Can’t realise my dreams
Can’t even flee the nest
“Be patient and drink tea”*
Just try to do my best

*Translation of the German phrase “abwarten und Tee trinken”. I was learning A-Level German at the time. “They” refers to my parents. Like many teenagers, I didn’t always have the best of relationships with my parents.

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services ( and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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