Rebekah Daniel

I Know The Mainland - Poem by Rebekah Daniel

It is cold at night, scorching in the morning.
The water is salty; my body is thirsting.
I can’t look out for my sustenance all alone,
It’s all over, it’s all gone.
I live on an island,
Afraid of the waters.
When I touch the oceans,
The acid it burns.

I can see the mainland, but I don’t want to go.
The island is my safe place; the island is my home.

I know the mainland; it is a prison.
I know the mainland; nobody listens.
I know what it is like, walls closing in.
I know the mainland; it is a prison.

I can’t take it anymore, the hunger, and the thirst.
So I decide to dive in to preserve my life first.
A gush of salt water wets my throat,
And now I’ll spend my eternity afloat.

I can see the mainland; my heart says no,
It is a prison; my identity mourns.
Now I can’t see the mainland,
And I can’t see the island,

Because I can’t stay afloat.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem talks about our struggle to preserve our identity from the influence of the society. Very often our characteristics become suppressed because of the norms and morals of the society. But we can't live on islands, we can't live away from the human population, and as we force ourselves to be a part of the system, we may end up somewhere midway, inevitably losing our true selves.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 9, 2013

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