just a stranger

"I Don't Belong Here" by Sadie Collins

written by Marcella Purnama
August 26, 2011

I WAS a stranger on a foreign land
speaking a language that was not mine
I walked passed the streets, the alleys, the stores
I went out there, exposed myself, and tried to blend in
Yet when the time came
I would still be a stranger
trying to spread my wings
on this uncharted territory

We had different cultures, they and I
with different values
different habits
while we were breathing the same air
enjoying the same sun
walking on the same land
still, I was just a stranger
trying to venture life
on this foreign land

Yet back where I came from
I was still a stranger
I spoke their language, ate their food, embraced their culture
But I would always be different from them
They thought
I was just another foreigner
visiting their land on a summer break
building a beach house
tiptoeing my feet on the white sand
who would never be one of them

Drifting
here and there
yet
I was just a stranger
trying to leave behind a mark
in this earth
before I went back home
to the place where I belong


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