Posted in Free verse, Poem

Day 50: I Am…

I am Canadian,
When I travel the world,
Successful representations of what can be.
An ambassador of acceptance,
The embodiment of the immigrant dream.

I am Sri Lankan,
When I talk about my past,
The pearl upon which
Adam first stepped.
An exotic mix of tradition and modernity.

I am Tamil,
When I blast A.R. Rahman
From my car in Scarborough.
Move to the beat of the Earth,
Telling my stories through Bharatanatyam.

Canadian – Sri Lankan – Tamil

I am Tamil,
The Tiger that hunts on foreign soil
Determined by broad stroke of identity,
Creators​ of chaos,
Untamed children of a dying people.

I am Sri Lankan,
The other, the unwanted refugee
The people who came on ships,
To take this land,
But at least they brought Tea and curry.

I am Canadian,
A performer to sing and dance,
My culture woven into the Tapestry
Of the multi-cultural story.
A piece of the picture,
But never the whole.

I am…
Tamil – Sri Lankan – Canadian

I am
Without one identity
I am
Both the light and the dark
And
I am
Here.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

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Attempting to discover more about myself and the world

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