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  • I have been gone for so long
    Long away from my childhood memories
    Memories that faded away like a pencil on paper

    I longed to come back
    back to where I was born
    the land of my father

    I walked down on dark paths
    without hope I pressed forward
    looking for stars to guide me

    In the corner of my cell
    I cried to God for help
    I screamed out of pain and fear

    My burden was too heavy to carry
    my knees were getting weaker with time

    I was trapped in my own identity
    until I crossed oceans,hopped on trains
    danced on a foreign sound
    then I realized that I am more than what I thought I was

    I kicked the door of my jail open
    Even blinded by light, I kept pressing forward
    until my eyes adapted to my new reality

    For the first time I could smell the perfume of flowers
    I could touch the refreshing water of a stream
    I could taste sweets

    Then I knew that there is HOPE
    There is hope for people like me
    who refuse to be trapped in the past
    but unload their burden to walk faster
    toward a certain future.

    I am one of many that rejected hate to embrace love
    I am one of many that rejected division to embrace unity

    I will admit that it not easy but it is worth every breath.

    As I rediscover my humanity, I relearn to trust the humanity of others.
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