My Story


United States
38° 10' 24.114" N, 83° 47' 1.104" W

What is my story, you ask?

Not one that can be covered by a mask.

It involves venturing into the dark ocean

Looking towards a better future with devotion.

The story begins as I crossed eerie waters

When I was only a six year old daughter

I looked for the creatures of the sea that loomed around my boat

As I sat there curious and afloat.

I landed on an island

One not ruled by a tyrant

It was a new country full of foreign faces.

A new home known as an oasis.

I appreciated what was offered

So in the future my family wouldn’t suffer.

I kept my grades above average

Because I knew that on my shoulders there was a baggage

I looked for what I now cherish

A career that would not easily perish.

One that was unique

One that would help me reach my peak

For my heart settled on Asian Studies

A major full of strange theories

It came for me a day I was unusually depressed.

A day my life changed, who could’ve guessed.

The strange theories came as a test of identity

A simple who am I, and then serenity.

I knew I wanted to explore this surreal world

So the train arrived and I climbed aboard.

I found wonderful history

I found wondrous mystery

To me, it was a peculiar sounding language

That would later become my anchorage

Faces that looked unfamiliar

At first they all looked similar

Then they weren’t foreign looking anymore

They became people I now adore.

But Asian Studies doesn’t begin to describe me

I’m a Sagittarius with many layers, you see.

I join my hobby with my major

Making my studying not a labor.

My hobby of dance

Gave me a chance

To combine and learn their dance

A dance that puts you in a trance

But not only do I learn of the traditional

I learn of the transitional

Of how KPOP is world wide

A music genre that helped me decide

Of how a hobby and career can be combined

As if fate had it assigned

Watching a traditional tea ceremony was all it took

To make my decision a closed book.

For it was Japan and my love for anime and manga

That made me sit on my veranda

Sometimes for many days

Sitting there in daze

For I had to make sure my future was resolved

For I had to make sure I had evolved

At first I was afraid

At first I strayed

Filled with doubt

I needed to become a root that would survive in a drought

Then I decided

I felt as if I was guided

So I told myself to decide on a future full of unusualness

One that might be full of scrupulousness

Even if certain uncertainty is bound to come my way

For it is a path that could lead you astray

But it isn’t for me

For it has been the key

To countless closed doors

Since the young years of my identity wars.


This poem is about: 
My family
My country
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