10 January 2009

Diaspora

I've never felt I've belonged. Well that's not entirely true. I'm from somewhere. I'm from Connecticut. Once I belonged there, that's where my extended birth family was from. I still have extended family there. My family moved from there in the summer of '59. I was eight. It's from that time I've felt dispossessed.

I've not lived in Connecticut for 50 years. When I've visited, I've felt I've returned home. My landmarks are the same. I know my way around. I can find my way around. My memories return though some landscapes have changed. The belonging lasts for a time. To go back to live . . . well, I wouldn't feel at home. I wouldn't know anyone. I'd be a stranger. I'm in a diaspora, a dispersion of an originally homogeneous family.

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