Friday is my favorite day of the week. Not only does it signal the start of the weekend, it is also a time to share poems that speak to us with the Poetry Friday community. Our host this week is the inspiring Margaret from Reflections on the Teche. Do head on to Margaret’s blog to discover and get to know like-minded individuals and share in the poetry goodness.
We have just recently launched our theme for March/April 2014 – Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced.
As we are featuring books that deal with multicultural themes: celebration of diversity, the outliers, the immigrants (among other things), I was reminded of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem entitled Originally. She read this aloud during the Singapore Writers Festival November of last year. And naturally, I bought her book right after her session that was jampacked. There were even people queuing outside, waiting for the standing-room-only crowd to trickle out for a bit so they can urge the ushers to allow the first in line to squeeze in.
As per usual, I took a photograph of the book and edited it using an iPhone app. This poem spoke to me for various reasons – it resonated with my sensation of being neither here nor there – deliciously trapped in the in-between, sandwiched between two cultures. And it also reminded me that to some degree, we are all foreigners in strange, occasionally-surreal lands of our own making. Perhaps we are brought there through our own choice or by virtue of chance or circumstance. Yet as wanderers of the world, there is that singular desire – an insistent need to find a quiet space to call home.
Do let us know if you have poets or books in mind that would fit our theme quite nicely. We’re happy to take note of your recommendations.