Home- a poem by Javed Alam
"I am from here, I am from there,
yet I am neither here nor there".
- Mahmoud Darwish
I reach home, home. It fails to recognise me,
the tide of being "other" hits
the shores of my heart,
and washes away the joy.
I walk through the streets:
strangers, strangers. No friends.
"When are you going back?"
A new neighbour asks.
Everything has changed.
New houses, new lanes, new idols,
new songs, new aroma in the air.
My heart whispers in a language of loss:
I am from here, I am from there,
yet I am neither here nor there.
These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, Ireland and Canada.
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