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Returning my Nationality to You

Come to think of it
ultimately -
my (your)
nationality
is just an empty shell
i used to think –
i
need to belong to.

But,
and since –
you (us)
do not (can not)
ever –
see
me –
as one of
you (us)

Therefore –
i
out of my own –
free
will

give it back.

And instead –
i
chose
to be a –
citizen of the world.

Unshackled by –
belonging
nor by –
that
word become
dirty –
called
nationality.
(c) khulud khamis (2013)

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JaniceW's picture

One day...

I loved this. Thank you for sharing it with us.

One day, we will not be defined by our country; by our religion; by our sex; not be rich or poor; not be urban or rural... One day we will come together as world citizens bound by a love for this place we call Earth, and by respect for our brothers and sisters around the globe.

Khulud's picture

yes, I hope so! in

yes, I hope so!
in solidarity,
khulud

When i read for the first time....i did not get it, i read again and i was like something is being said. now reading through it all over again, i come to understand......

This reminds me of a dear friend of mine who even after learning the language of her spouse, teaching her children her husband's language accepting to leave her family at a tender age, taking her in laws as her own brothers and sisters, she was still treated as a stranger;she was excluded in family meetings, she was never consulted in the decisions made, she was despised, and anytime she was sick, no relative from her husbands side visited her or found out how she was doing even those staying in the same town with her. she got the fatigue of giving so much of her own and receiving nothing in exchange. she struggled so much and wondered why. after giving up trying,she one day decided to move on and she now enjoys acceptance from many people from other many different communities other than her own or her husband's. she has meaning and belonging to all. she says she she discovered that belongs to grateful humanity!!

for me, love, understanding,respect and acceptance, make a lot of sense to our identity and sense of belonging.

Thank you so very much for sharing this With us.

EK Chemorion

Khulud's picture

dear EK - yes, there is the

dear EK - yes, there is the issue of the belonging there. I know it's not understood at first...
my belonging is the fact that i am born into a bi-national home, and so i was never fully accepted into either of the "national groups", but always seen as the "foreigner".

had's picture

:))

can feel every word and can feel you deeply through the words. Great words full of great meaning, thats how i see them. thank you. you expressed well part of my(your, their) suffer :) :D . i like it really

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