Gloria Park

Turning Point

Amongst 100000000s
I wander ~ ~ ~ ~ at school, drifting away to
Someplace I can be :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :D
Someplace where regret ->->-> hope

Things might have been different
If I didn't come to the U.S.
I'd still have all of my best friends
classmates who love and adore me, I'd be
Top of my class,
Never feel lonely or homesick
for the life I left behind.

No problems with money
Because we got by just fine in Korea.

Would'nt be stressed out about
This ridiculous @%$# ......WHAT? WHAD'YU SAY?
Hard-to-understand American culture,
Yes, nice to meet you.
Why yes, thank you, my English is indeed so good.

This unbearable loneliness and emptiness of life
During lunch I don't know
where to sit, where I belong
I :) just to sit where people accept me

But most of all, no one would suffer
My mom and dad could live under one roof
in one country,
never separating again.

Every Christmas we could decorate trees together
Every New Year’s we could all eat traditional dumpling soup together,
But not anymore

I sit on my desk and ask
What am I doing here?

Living in the United States of America
Despite many awkward and unfamiliar experiences
is a choice that I will not change
Sure my life has changed completely in both + and -,
But this country gave me hope and vision!

I now can speak English well, know American culture first-hand, and
have great opportunities to try new things like sports and cello
Oh yes. I love fast food, Starbucks, and Halloween too.

I am more opinionated and am not afraid to make mistakes -
It’s okay to pronounce some words wrong.
I have my own identity -
Wherever I am, I am still Korean.
I have become a different, motivated person -
All with thanks to my family and this country.


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