I Am The Outsider Poem by Raj Arumugam

I Am The Outsider

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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

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Luz Hanaii 29 August 2016

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

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Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi 08 April 2012

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..

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