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O Canada

My home after my homeland

O Canada

Where I spread my wings

O Canada

Our refuge during frightening times

O Canada

Freedom, your gift to us

When people ask me where I’m from

I always say Iran

That bond is secure

And will be for the years to come

But you became a safe haven for us

A place where we could live and thrive

 

O Canada

You are not perfect

No country is

You mistreated the natives of this land

You are warm hearted and welcoming

But issues of race and justice remain

O Canada

You need time to grow and become more mature

You’ll need all your inhabitants for this growth
O Canada

A beacon of hope in this world of ours

O Canada

Where many nationalities reside side by side

July 1st, 2020

Black is beautiful

 

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The colour of your skin is beautiful

It’s a velvety midnight black

 

The colour of your skin is beautiful

It shines like the ebony keys on the piano

 

The colour of your skin is beautiful

It’s the colour of the pupil of the eye

 

The colour of your skin is beautiful

Sometimes it’s a lovely chocolaty brown

 

The colour of your skin is beautiful

But real beauty is in your eyes and in your heart

 

June 6th, 2020

Less than

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The first time I realized I was black was long ago

Someone had to point that out to me

To tell me that I was different from them

To tell me that I was less than them

 

And at that moment

My whole world changed

I saw the divide

I realized that  the colour of my skin

Has put me in a different class

A class that is less than

 

Can you imagine how I felt?

Can you imagine the confusion and the pain?

Can you imagine me realizing

That I would be treated based on the colour of my skin?

 

And the sad thing is it doesn’t have to be this way

The superiority of one race over another is taught

It’s taught by family and friends

It doesn’t have to be this way

 

June 3rd, 2020

Unconventional

 

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Sometimes I think about my life

I realize it hasn’t followed the usual patterns we expect

 

I got married while I was a student

To another student

I married outside my culture

At a time when it was not so usual

 

I knew how to drive before my husband did

I changed my major many times

I chose to stay at home to raise my kids

At a time when most women worked outside the house

 

I moved from city to city several times

And when I went back to work

I only worked part time

 

I started writing poetry later in life

In a language that is not my mother tongue

I chose to write about mental health

We need to get rid of the stigma

 

Now, I’ve entered a new phase of life

With more emphasis on writing 

It’s a transition of sorts

I’m still trying to figure it out

 

All of these things make me a little different

Some things I’ve done are unconventional

But I’ve been lucky to have been able to choose my own path

I hope others understand

But if they don’t

I don’t mind

 

April 3rd, 2019

Belonging

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Does anyone feel like they belong?
Don’t each of us feel like outsiders sometime, somewhere?
If we’re in touch with different groups of people
We’re bound to feel like we don’t belong

How does it feel to belong?
It’s feeling accepted and loved despite our flaws

It’s having our uniqueness and individuality acknowledged

And feeling accepted means not feeling judged
But feeling encouraged and celebrated

December 23rd, 2018

Complicated identities

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We need not have one category to fit in

We can have complicated identities

As a result of living in various countries

Speaking various languages

Having various roles

We can fit in many different worlds

Instead of being worried because we don’t

Fully fit in one box

We should be happy

We fit in a few boxes

That doesn’t dilute our identity

It enriches it

 

November 18th, 2018

Where are you from?

imageWhere are you from

Is a much more complicated question

To answer now-a-days

In our shrinking world

Where we move easily from one country to the next

Where staying in the same city you were born in is rare

Where are you from

Is harder to answer

 

Where am I from?

Or where have I lived most of my life?

Where am I from?

What will that say about me?

It puts me in a comfortable category

But it won’t tell you who I am completely or

What experiences I’ve had

Where am I from?

I’ll tell you where as long as you don’t

Put me in a box or make assumptions

Which are not true

Where am I from?

The answer is not simple at all

 

November 17th, 2018

I belong

We feel the need to belong

To be accepted

To be similar to those around us

To fit in

But what if we embrace otherness

Accept the uniqueness of our experiences

The difference in the colour of our skin

Or the country we come from

Realizing that underneath

All these seeming differences

We are one

We all come from Africa

The devisions we have created 

Are manmade

Differences can be good if we accept them

And are aware of the underlying oneness

I belong to the human family

And my experiences in life

Make me the unique human being that I am

And that uniqueness

That otherness

Is on the surface

Deep inside we are all one

And when I understand that 

I will feel like I belong

No matter where I am

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Belonging

 

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We all want to belong

It’s a little harder when you are visibly or obviously

The odd one out

But that sense of belonging

Comes from within

It’s not always imposed from outside

If I feel like I belong

I act like I belong

And most people will treat me

Like I belong

Yes, there are times when others

Can make me feel like the odd one out

By what they say or what they do

But most of the time

How I see myself is the key, what counts