We Are All Foreigners (Poem) #alllivesmatter


Unfortunately, even at this day and age, discrimination exists among groups of people varying in culture, religion, race or skin color. The Corona virus pandemic has in a way accentuated the inequality that exists among cultural groups. As a person of color and foreign background, I would like express my sympathy to those who are victims of racism and discrimination. As a way to express my support, I have a written a poem dedicated for this cause.

There is no such place as we call homeland.
We, human beings are all foreigners in any land
No one can say this place belongs to me.
Or, where one should flee from or should be.

Remember the land we live in, clearly is not ours
The same land over the seas and under the stars.
All of us, from this place we shall bid goodbye.
We live here and depart this place when we die.

We are all alike for being recipients of the gift of life.
Discussing who’s better is pointless, often ending in strife.
Nothing we can keep forever, not even a single thing.
Everyone has limited time what splits us is truly nothing.

Unless you say you live two lives, then you are unique.
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, so to speak.
No one belongs to inferior race nor to a superior one.
Thus, there is no right or reason to ostracize anyone.

Since human existence, alike for all, is a mere privilege,
Discriminating another’s comparable to committing sacrilege.
White, gray, brown, black, yellow, with or without pallor.
We’re essentially identical regardless of origin or skin color.

A foreigner is who resides in a place other than one's own.
Rights vary sadly based on what birth certificates have shown
The concept of outsiders and insiders we have all conceived
But what nonsense have this segregation in this world achieved?

Isn't this place, where we are born and lived in are similar for all?
The place with no divisions or boundaries, earth as we call.
Same privilege granted to all; nationality is only manmade.
So, inequality between nationalities, by force should fade.

No one can say a person is better because of one’s race.
Neither one should have more entitlements due to birthplace.
Neither one can tell another, he or she shouldn’t be here,
and demand to emigrate from one’s country and disappear.

We live in the same place we depart when our time is over.
This is not a permanent place for us, here is just a stopover.
Here we leave everything, except for our memoirs.
Same place where we can never declare as ours.

Here we are born as strangers, expire as such, the same.
What differs a foreigner or non-foreigner no one can claim
Humans we are alike regardless of skin color that I contend
We are all foreigners, remember that my dear friend.

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