Janzajma poetry foreign

Foreigner

The poem ‘Foreigner’ is about being from a different background and trying to accept it. It’s a journey of being ashamed in public of having a different background because one worries what others think of you. This leads to overcompensation in acting how the new culture acts or wants you to act. This may force you to abandon old values that you actually cared about. The poem is about finding a balance and realizing that it is not a burden, but a blessing in disguise as you’re able to connect with more people because of your broader background and that it’s something you should be proud of. This is something I especially learned and experienced when I did a trip abroad to Amsterdam, a place where, allegedly, around 50% of the inhabitants are immigrants.

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A stranger, immigrant, outsider
I have been called each one
No respect for my background being wider
Even I didn’t have none

Doesn’t matter if it was my choice or not
I chose to be here and chose to stay
I feel that locals treat a foreigner like a robot
All of us the same, with one goal of destroying their way

I’ve seen my heritage as problematic
a complication that would never go away
trying to hide it up in the attic
Being accepted by acting like what the locals do and say

Up until now I’ve seen it as baggage
this culture clash I’m in
but being away helped me manage
and realize the true beauty and potential within

Author’s note:

The poem ‘Foreigner’ is about being from a different background and trying to accept it. It’s a journey of being ashamed in public of having a different background because one worries what others think of you. This leads to overcompensation in acting how the new culture acts or wants you to act. This may force you to abandon old values that you actually cared about. The poem is about finding a balance and realizing that it is not a burden, but a blessing in disguise as you’re able to connect with more people because of your broader background and that it’s something you should be proud of. This is something I especially learned and experienced when I did a trip abroad to Amsterdam, a place where, allegedly, around 50% of the inhabitants are immigrants.

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