Treasure Island

Socheata Mok


Different


I don't know what you're thinking
I can't read what's on their minds
People stared as I kept walking
They don't know how to turn the volume down

I guessed they must've forgotten I'm human too
With their words slicing like knives
All they talk about is how I'm different
As if my existence can't be define as life

Physically and mentally, I've been hurt
But don't preach me wrong
Don't draw a line between me and other people
Just to make me feel more alone

If we'd switched positions, would you still be laughing now?
Or would you be crying like I did anyway?
Would you be able to understand how it felt?
When nobody treats you the same?

If I am different then what is normal?
Perhaps your definition of 'equal' isn't like mine
Maybe you don't know what you're doing
Whether it's right or wrong

'Don't judge a book by it's cover'
Haven't you heard this saying before?
I'm still a person like you inside
Even though we don't share some common things

So don't tell me that I'm mistaken
You haven't heard me spoke at all
And when I do, I'll make it loud
However, will it be loud to make you listen?

I just want you to realize that everyone is different
However there are ways we can be the same
By getting to know one person
You can take away their pain

Submitted: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Edited: Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Personally, this is a very emotional poem I wrote from experience and I dedicated it mostly to the LGBT community (huge supporter, over here!) and to teens who've been victims of bullying and abuse. Please tell me what you think about it after you've read it in the commentary box below.

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  • John Westlake (8/21/2014 7:57:00 AM)

    I love this poem. I don't know if your poem is based entirely on experience or not. I hope that you have not suffered as much as this poem suggests. Am here if you want to talk about anything. (Report) Reply

    Socheata Mok (8/21/2014 10:46:00 PM)

    To be completely honest with you, this was actually written for this contest I did on allpoetry but however, this does include some of my own experience. As you all know, it's rare for someone to have a 'good first day' in high-school but for me as someone who hasn't been accustomed to a different culture and society, it was entirely horrible. I was emotionally let down because I felt out of place, and nobody volunteered to talk to me. And during History, someone made a comment about how I don't belong there which I found out to be very offensive. Therefore, I just sort of took all of these and transmitted it into my poems - one being this. Anyway, things got better for me over time. :) Once again, thank you.

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