Longing to Belong
How can I belong when I long
for something different,
when life holds little
more than disappointment?
I take a deep breath every time
I wonder if I’m meant to be here,
yet I continue to listen
when my voices ask these questions.
How can I dismiss them, any more
than dreams that offer alternatives?
I am most alive when I embrace
the anxiety they hold.
Is it madness to question
whether I am where I belong?
This is my response to Reena’s Xploration Challenge #231. Reena offers a video poem, “How to Be Alone” by Pádraig Ó Tuama, as inspiration. I’ll embed that video, but here is a link to the text of the original poem: How To Belong Be Alone | The On Being Project