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The Land of Mango Sunsets

I am from visits to tropical beaches

From dancing in the rain

damp sand between my toes

and mango-colored sunsets in my eyes


I am from the dawn chorus, waking me up for school

From murmurings of those up before me

the air conditioner breathing; the fan clicking

and my older sister playing her music loudly


I am from fried rice and noodles

Fragrant Southeast-Asian smells

from the chemical scent of chlorine in the pool

and the muggy scent of monsoon-season rain


I am from all my friends I used to have

All my friends I left behind

from the ghost stories I’d borrow from the library

and the kindly librarians who helped me do so


I am from wishes, hopes, and dreams

fears, loves, and growing up

from happiness, anger, remorse, and everything in between

and writing it all down…


I am from summertime in Canada

loving the fruit and exotic appeal

wishing I would sometime live there

and then I did.


Now I wish I was back

in the land of mango sunsets

My passport says ‘Canadian’

but I know I’ll never be…


  • cecile
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    I would like to cite your poem The land of Mango Sunsets in my book about TKC. Would you agree?
    Best regards,

  • cecile
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    Hello Yasmina,
    I am finishing a book on Third Culture Kids and I would like to insert your poem Lands of Mango Sunset as reference. It is so true regarding sense of belonging that face TCK!
    Would you be OK? Please let me know by email.
    Kind regards,
    Cecile Gylbert

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