“Home” by Candice Ng

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This is the third in a series of four student pieces dedicated to thinking creatively about diaspora and transnational literature.

In this short poem, Candice thinks about the relationship between home and identity.


“Home”
by Candice Ng (8 November, 2019)

Leaving homeland when I was small
for many or no reasons at all.
Since then, I have been searching for my identity.
This sense of belonging doesn’t exist as an entity.

Deep in my mind,
I am closely bind
to a place with magnificent skyscrapers
and flocks of shoppers.

I know I am an outsider
and can never be an insider
of the country I am living.
I am still dreaming
of returning to my homeland.