Poetry On Odyssey: An Ode To My Homeland

Poetry On Odyssey: An Ode To My Homeland

My mother named me “Spring” / after the season of my Home.
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Do these city streets

know where I come from?

and do they regard the winds

from my Home

with the respect they deserve

for crossing the seven seas

and bringing

the sweet scents

of my Homeland

back to me?


the drifting scents of

sweets from the confectioner's shop

and the aroma of my Homeland's

soil after the first spring rain,

the smell of morning dew

at dawn when the mosque

is filling up with people

and their prayers.


the sky above

is the same one

that shines brightly,

with winking stars

over my Home

when

the electricity blinks out.

the stars that guide all

the hardworking factory

workers Home

after a long day.

and I thank the universe

for allowing me

the privilege

to share that sky

every night.


my mother named me

“Spring”

after the season

of my Home.

the season of celebration

after a year of hard work

out in the fields

that marks the celebration

of a fruitful harvest.

and the colors

of the kites that

fly overhead like birds.

free.


the colors of the honey

skin of a field worker in the

burning yellow sun,

the rainbow of the

glass bangles that

the villagers make with

their hands.

and the green of my

Homeland's flag.

and the colors painted

with love on the trucks

by workers who

sing the songs of Home.


and the threads that

the village seamstress spins

into clothes she sews with love

of her craft.

and the paint that the potter

uses to add finishing touches

to a handcrafted vase.


but the kites no longer fly,

even the stars are

a bit shy.


the work of the

factory workers,

the seamstress

and the potter

is now replaced with

dispensable machines

without a heart

and the love of colors.


my Home is now

an old photograph

that I carry in my heart,

of a stolen yesterday

and an absent tomorrow.


what now remains is a past

reflected in my name.

a name

that mirrors

the colors

of a Home

that no longer is.


what remains now

is a mere piece of land

fathoms of oceans away

many shades too light,

and bleached away

to be defined as Home.

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If you love Alternative grunge sounding music, there are many reasons why you should check out a band called Citizen. For those of you that are not familiar, Citizen is a band that is described to have many genres. Their debut album 'Youth' was released in 2013. I immediately caught interest since I'm a huge fan of the genre of pop-punk and indie rock. With other bands beside them such as 'The Story So Far', 'Turnover', and 'You Blew It' there was a huge possibility that I would get immediately hooked on Citizen for just their creativity.

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In the beginning, I was not quite sure how to handle my social life, my schoolwork, and working my part-time job every day on top of that. It was pretty chaotic and endless to say I was losing control of my life and everything around it. Also, I was constantly losing sleep because I was always up late doing homework trying to finish it for the next morning. I was headed for disaster, but I tried to play it off that I had everything under control.

There were all these thoughts in my mind that revolved around the whole 'What If…' question. That question was mostly asked because I had no idea what was in store for me. One night when I was up late doing homework, I was playing my usual Pandora station that I always play.

The next song that came on was from Citizen, and the song was called 'Drown'. It was off their Split EP they put out a year before 'Youth' with the band Turnover. One of my friends from Ohio was always talking about them, so I decided to take a full listen to the album myself. Not to mention watching their full set from the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. A set that I'm now regretting not going to since I did not know much about them. To me, Youth became an instant classic for my life that I felt was falling apart and confusing.

Some of my favorite tracks off the album include 'Sleep', 'How Does It Feel?', 'Sick & Impatient', 'Figure You Out', and 'Speaking with a Ghost'. With its 90s sounding angst and grunge-like feeling, it allowed the band to capture an audience of both pop-punk and regular Alternative.

With lyrics that dug so deep into my 19-year-old chest, I scream all of them out when no one's around without a care in the world. It's scary with how relatable they are, yet it is an album that came at the exact right time in the right place. Their follow up 'Everybody Is Going To Heaven' in 2015 it became more clear that the band was expanding their indie-rock sound with more grunge type of themes.

Their latest 'As You Please' was released allowing a more mature nature with the same themes. If you're like me, and you feel that things are confusing as hell and you don't know what to do about it, listen to a band like Citizen because trust me, they are the most important voice that you can listen to in the rough times that you are dealing with. I'm glad that I found out about Citizen, and I hope that soon they continue to gain more recognition from others. I sure hope that they catch your attention as well.

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