home and belonging

I don’t know what belonging means… I can only use my brain and intellectualize. I really wouldn’t be able to tell you from the heart what belonging means… My memories of that place are my link to the place — memories of your experience in a place is your link… All people belong to the world. There is no exclusivity in that… The soil from America can differ from the soil in Malaysia, but its soil, it’s still the same. And the color of people’s skin can differ from place to place but it’s still skin. And, in that regard, there is no difference. People must belong to the earth and a traveller must belong to world somehow and the world must belong to her or him somehow. But, you know, then there’s the social level — that’s just the archetypal level, people usually live in the social level.

Published by Miss Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah is a Kenyan author. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks, 'My six little fears' released on Sep 18, 2020, The Author's Feet released on Dec 5, 2021, and The Musunzu tree and other stories collection released in May 2021. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. (Poems: in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Bodies, and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. Short stories: Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Active Muse-India), IHRAF, Women narratives on power, 2021. Cynthia also sometimes contributes to the Life and Style section of the Nation newspaper.

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