Raj Arumugam


I Am The Outsider - Poem by Raj Arumugam

I am the one outside the group
outside the circle
the one who fell through
the holes in the net
The stranger
the outsider
I came close
and you said come closer;
and I made every effort -
eager, naïve and persistent -
but you had sophistication;
you always have sophistication;
and you played with me;
you needed bodies and responses
to fill in forms and information
and your Bureau of Statistics
and I was there - guided, directed
and you knew
all the while,
I was the stranger, the outsider
And you whispered to one another
while your smooth talk was practiced and distinct
I was the stranger, am the outsider
which you knew all the while
which I only saw late in the hour
and so I live now at the borders, at the periphery
and now when we walk past each other
we gaze at each other with caution
with careful disregard


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  • (8/29/2016 4:54:00 PM)


    It's okay to be the outside, outsiders eventually find those that really care for them. I can relate. Thanks for sharing this. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/8/2012 12:20:00 AM)


    Outsider! ..How hurtful this term is! but why no outsider comes to our country to serve us? They always want us to serve them with or without a tie...Well said, Raj Arumugam.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, April 6, 2012


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