Friday, October 18, 2013

Foreigner!

Yes
I am a
foreigner
Here
and there
Then
and now.
You will tell me
I don't belong
Here
and there
Here
or there.
Yes
I am a
foreigner.

My race
marked on
my skin,
my accent
marked in
my speech,
my mannerisms
marked in
my movement.
Yes
I am a
foreigner.

Yes
I am a
foreigner,
where I was
born,
I don't belong
You tell me
I have a different
passport.
I am a
foreigner,
the mark
on my passport
tells me
I am an outsider
born elsewhere.
I am a
foreigner
where I live
You tell me
I have arrived
from elsewhere.

Yes
I am a foreigner
I will not
speak.
I will not
utter.
I will pretend
I don''t
see.
I will sit quietly
as you
make those
foreigner jokes
and dish out
your anti-foreigner
rants.
I will pretend
that you are
not talking about
me.
As you tell me
"It's not really
about you,"
It's about all
those "other" foreigners.

Yes, I am
a foreigner.
Here and
there.
Then and
Now.
For times eternity.

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