Stranger in a Stranger Land

What if

On its way to Becoming

A soul made a wrong turn

Veered right instead of left

Or missed the light?

The body it chose, the world it appeared in

Certainly seemed familiar enough

So it got a good start

And was content

Trouble showed early, though it was easy to miss

It loved animals but failed to understand people

(so attested by a teacher in grade 2)

It loved the arts but could not create and was believed to be incapable of logic

(disproven at university)

It was excited about new horizons but could not get

That for most people this meant travel (in the Age of Aquarius?)

It kept finding traces of the promised land in the world

But they were like mist on a mirage (it’s here somewhere for sure this time)

One day, when it was least convenient, it became wise:

it saw that unlike the others it remained aloof

it realized that “you’ve always been different” was not a compliment

it understood what it was like

To be outside looking in

And this amounted to the disappointing epiphany

that there was nothing wrong with it

What was wrong was it.

The butterfly’s wings had beaten

The sack of rice had fallen

The path less traveled had been the wrong choice

Unhappy accident!

But did it despair?

Not until it also realized that it could not go home

It could not leave until the obligation was fulfilled

Signed up for life!

I see it sometimes

Looking a little lost, a little tired

Searching for the song to take it home

Refusing to give up because it cannot

Even as it wanders, stranger in a stranger land

What if?


New poetry from yesterday with minor correction from the original version.


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