Other

I’m fucking exhausted, I’m a tired “other”
every gaze and pound of pressure grate on my shoulders
my neck is cramping while my period blood bleeds
Winning an argument is what everyone needs
Surviving alone I’ve held my tongue long
too long and now phlegm gush out when I have my mouth closed
Year after year I heeded to everyone’s oblivion
never once did someone try to seek out my jargon
pain is as disappointing as anger is throbbing
my vein pulses with silent resolve also anxiety
how far I’ve come to learn how to defend
my core, alone, over, and over again

Inspired by “The Danger of a Single Story”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“What is Otherness?”
What is Otherness?

From JLin

I take inspiration from Jeremy Lin. Maybe next time I will have the motivation to type up all of my thoughts about being an Asian baller, but this pretty much sums it up. For now, I choose to keep grinding. Maybe someday I can finally meet someone who can relate. Someone who can tell me “I know how you feel!” or someone who can validate my experience. Maybe JLin himself.

http://m.christianpost.com/news/jeremy-lin-christian-reveals-he-still-struggles-being-asian-in-nba-160373/

The Dreamer

©vtai2012

Once you find your shoulders dropping
And your speech gets slow and hazy
You better change your way of being
Before you found your brain got lazy
You can build a better future when you join the winning team
If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream

Common, Maya Angelou
The Dreamer

Living question.

©vtai2012

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet