Hometown Refugee

Sometimes,
I stare at my reflection
in that pristine
reflective surface
and I see, not myself,
but the colour of my skin.
I see features
that do not match
my nation’s expectations;
a body not built
to be accepted by
my dual cultures.
I do not belong here
nor there.

Suddenly, that mirror
does not seem so clean anymore.

Stained by my presence.

That slight sheen of dirt my kind
leave behind.

Sana Mufti is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and is currently working her way towards an English and Psychology degree. Sana has had a few poems published in various magazines and recently presented at the Emerging Writers Series in Toronto. She currently teaches English in Taiwan and is a freelance essay editor for ESL students.

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