Treasure Island

Tina Chan


Different Stroke For Different Folks


Different Stroke For Different Folks
I'm not your ordinary girl
With good friends to share the great outdoors
Deprived outside of my comfort zone
He saids: "let's go to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge"
I say with great excitement: "so cool as I've never been there"
He saids: "when you ride a bike, you should be switching gears appropriately"
I say with a bewildered face: "what's that? "
He saids: "you biked for four blocks, Tina"
I say with great protest: "better than none! "
He saids: "party of three to Jacob Riis Park and you'll be wearing a bikini? "
I say with a heavy sighed: "stop looking at me in my bikini and get your mind out of the gutter! "
He saids: "I'm sure you've never kayaked either? "
I said coupled with excitement and a heavy sigh: "yes, I'll wear my bikini and stop looking at me again! "
He saids: "despite people think you're weird, I understand you"
With disagreement, I said: "no, you truly do not understand amid you think you do"

Different Stroke For Different Folks
Now it's my turn to say: "blame it on my Chinese culture or my ‘worst education'?
I do not deserve this dismissive callous treatment from many
You're too transparent for lacking substance to understand
Closed door policy against me
I may be different but no less than you! !

Submitted: Friday, September 07, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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People are unique. Culture, family background, profession, education all affects the uniqueness of people.

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