Sarah’s Search for Identity

Sarah’s Search for Identity

A Poem About Creating Community and Fighting Alienation

If only I had dogs to play with,

People to share my worries with,

Family to keep me grounded,

Perhaps I would not have left Japan.

“Better life” beckoned us

But I felt unsafe,

Uncomfortable,

Anxious.

From place to place–

Utah, Parker, Greeley–

We searched for identity

But never found it,

Separated from the others by

Language and money and looks.

It took seven years

For Greeley to be our home,

For us to find comfort,

Community,

Happiness.

Now, content with our present

We immerse ourselves in the past,

Museums to give us images

Of the places we left behind,

Of memories we never lived,

Of those who feel the same.

Because we know how they feel,

Because they said goodbye,

Because alienation

Is a disease we can fight.

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