After years of aimless wanderings Leaving behind the cities of midnight revels And the fevered journey in metro rails, I am back at the land of my people.
Wherever I went, Under which ever roof I slept, I had carried my land, As a jewel in a casket And ensured it rested safe Ever under my pillow
As I moved with aliens Unable to merge with their cultural mores, I saw my land glimmer in darkness Like a dew drop on a moon blanched leaf
When I sweated in the blistering sands A patch of green landscape, like an oasis Wafted me in a cool embrace Then dreams poured in like star light And I wandered in the meadows of my youthful love My heart struggling to forget old longings And memories lashing upon me like tidal waves
Pursued by that inalienable shadow Suddenly being born in flesh and blood I hastened to the streets of my youth With hopes galore and plans vivid
But alas! There is none to recognize me Oh! I am a stranger here An unwelcome stranger among total strangers Now I wonder which is truly my land? The one left behind or the one just landed in?
Oscillating between these two worlds, My fractured identity looms large With worms of memories wriggling in my flesh And a myth suddenly dying in my brain
I am glad to share with my friends here that this poem- My Fractured Identity- is prescribed for the 10th Grade students-English for Junior High School- entitled Voyagers, in the country of Philippines. The exciting thing is that my poem appears among the writings of eminent men like James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Jules Verne, Jean Jacques Rousseau and the like. I feel it a great honor !!