Lena Hui is a finalist in the Housing Leadership Council’s 2021 Youth Poetry Competition (6-12 category).
Poem on Belonging
Home, sweet home Trace the footsteps of those before. Walk down the beaten road of the El Camino. Think of those who fought for their freedom. Nourishing at home, the farmers marched for a day, hoping for a better generation, a better future. Home, the sound of home It empowers who fight for the freedom of home. Walk the bridges of Golden and Bay, Collecting the whispering words of those in Angel Island. Stitching the pieces of shattered dreams, Quilt them back together with hopes and dreams. Home, California dreamin’ Feel the pain of those striped their homes away Walk the modern shopping mall of Tanforan Let’s save souls of boys and girls waiting for a train to the camp Running away together for a world, Build a strong community where people keep and protect their dignity Home, oh, the guiding light Let our souls fly free Walk into the long narrow underground tunnel Where people come together. Looking up the North Star, they searched for the sign of hope Shared hopes and dreams make us stronger. Working for the future generation to have a better home, a better world. With our healed dreams, let us walk from San Diego to Sonoma. Our hearts, beating as one. Hope to experience the freedom of Home.
Copyright © 2022 by Lena Hui. Used with permission of the author.