More World Poems on the London Underground

The London cabbies self talked to were generally glum about the Olympics.  Self gleaned that they were rather morose about the traffic and how much more time it would take to negotiate the streets (“One fare might take up half a day,” remarked one cabbie).  Self gathered that athletes were already starting to arrive when she left.  Good luck, oh London cabbies!  Hope the Olympics aren’t too stressful for you!  And hope you all make lots and lots of money!

(There you go again, self, losing yourself in digression.  Wasn’t this post supposed to be about those poems festooning the London Underground in honor of the Olympics???)

Here’s a poem from Kurdistan, written by Choman Hardi (in English):

My Children

I can hear them talking, my children
fluent English and broken Kurdish.

And whenever I disagree with them
they will comfort each other by saying:
Don’t worry about mum, she’s Kurdish.

Will I be the foreigner in my own

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. Kate said,

    July 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Hi! I think that Choman Hardi lived in Britain when she wrote the poem. She fears her children will lose their interest in kurdish issues because her husband is English and they would be born and raised in the UK.

    It’s an old poem though, is it still on the underground?

    • July 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Kate, The poem was published (or, I should say, re-published) for the London Summer Festival which is on-going while the Olympics are being held. It’s compiled in a free book called WORLD POEMS ON THE LONDON UNDERGROUND. The book includes poets from 44 different countries. If you have a friend anywhere in the United Kingdom, ask them to pick up a copy. I saw several copies in bookstores when I was in Edinburgh in June.

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