Raj Arumugam

making of the outsider

first you devalue
and the person you undervalue
and the man, the woman
must struggle like a crab
at the bottom of the rattan basket
as in an Asian wet market
you do it the first year
and you do it the fifteenth
and you say, as in an old game of Monopoly:
Go back to start…
Efficient discourse and forms and procedures
and cold smiles and paper
will be the clay from which
is fashioned the Being of the Outsider
and then you might strike at the knee
as Michelangelo might have done, and say:
Now, speak!
And the Being of the Outsider does better than Speak,
for the Stranger Sings the Song of Years:
I am the Outsider
The Stranger in one's Own
you don't understand, I don't fit
and we don't see meaning in either
I am your Outsider
you can busy about
first you devalue
and the person you undervalue
you do it the first year
and you do it the fifteenth
for I am your Outsider,
the happy, happy Stranger

Submitted: Monday, June 04, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

how societies and nations make strangers

Comments about this poem (making of the outsider by Raj Arumugam )

Enter the verification code :

  • Gold Star - 18,756 Points Gajanan Mishra (6/10/2012 12:46:00 AM)

    Happy happy stranger, Very good poem. You are not outsider. You are insider. Thanks.
    I invite you to read my poem and comment.
    Gajanan Mishra (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,908 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (6/4/2012 9:19:00 AM)

    Those who had arrived a century or a few centuries ago, call the recent immigrants as strangers, though the Natives of these countries have been chased out! Good poem! 10 Marks for this poem (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,059 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/4/2012 5:32:00 AM)

    Fancy meeting you here...Looks as if the NEW BOSS is N O T the same as the OLD BOSS! lol! Vintage Rajon display here, my nomad friend..~FjR~. (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. I, Too, Langston Hughes

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »


New Poems

  1. In a Gallery of Birds, Salvatore Ala
  2. Passenger, Georgina WilksWiffen
  3. I Raise A Toast To The Rising Sun, Rajesh Thankappan
  4. I Am An Indian English Poetess, You Call.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  5. A Month of Happiness, Robert Bly
  6. My Garden At Night, Alexander Johnson
  7. You're Magic, Michael McParland
  8. Why Not Stand Up?, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. Why Not Stand Up, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Unruly Wind, Ozgur Ircan
[Hata Bildir]