Archives

Collection of poetry: Collage of Me

F90421DC-0DB0-4E3D-8116-DB5CA9E8CF3A

 

Dear readers,

I’ve recently published a second collection of my poems:  Collage of Me, Reflections on identity and belonging.  It’s the story of how a Persian girl who moved to Canada when she was fourteen dealt with questions of identity.  It’s available on Friday Amazon right now.  Would love to get some feedback on it from you.

 

9D0CDE87-059D-4BB3-A383-80B7FBD9B806.jpeg

Complicated identities

image

We need not have on category that 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

IMG_7178November 12th, 2018

Belonging

 

CC88CB46-DF0E-4C74-B4CF-3CB4770A48D9

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

 

 

Our roots

 

Our roots ground us

They give us stability and

The chance to grow tall

They keep us firm 

In the storms of life

They nourish our souls

They make us strong

Leaves and branches 

Adorn the tree of our lives

But without roots

They would not stay alive

“Grounded in our roots we rise”*

 

September 30th

 

*Larry Smith in Fresh off the boat

All of me

248F3A56-B163-41C5-B359-3164FCDE4D19

I accept all of me

The Eastern me

The Western me

And everything in between 

All of my experiences in life

Are valid

All the influences I have had

Have shaped me

Yet in the final analysis 

I am who I am

Despite where I have grown up

Or where I live

My personality is not tied to one place

My interests and talents are innate 

My humanity something I have 

In common with everyone else 

 

September 17th, 2018