My First Day in School
By Thida Shania
In that morning,
I was so exciting.
Too early I went to school,
To find a seat in front.
My heart was filled with joy,
When I found the first seat in classroom
“This is not for kalar" Sayama told me.
She sent me back and I was shedding.
That day, she taught me something (discrimination)
Not from curriculum but from her ill heart
Me who went to school smiling,
And came back home crying.
Poetess’s note : Sayama is for school madam in Burmese.
Kalar is a racial slur for Rohingya used by Myanmar Buddhists.