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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…


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