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From Where? (Patricia's Challenge)

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iliana
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0 posted 12-09-2007 03:04 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for iliana

“Dari mana, nońa,” the taxi driver asks,
“Not far,” I say, “tidak juah, tidak juah”
(Wish he wouldn’t ask.)
I’m thinking thoughts of far away
that won’t make sense to him
and he will think I’m new to here,
and charge me twice the usual fare.

That was nineteen ninety two
when I was new to “home,”
though forty years before this
there was a place I roamed
that made no sense at all.
A black sheep in a flock of white,
that was all I’d known.

But in nineteen ninety three
I’d come to know my own
and cabies didn’t call me nońa,
didn’t say that anymore.
‘Though they still asked, “Dari mana,”
they asked it to “Ibu,”
and Ibu means to them
what “mother” means to you.

So if you ask me where I’m from,
I’d have to say it's true that
I’ve lived enough to know by now
I don’t live that far away from you!

*******

Note to reader: “Dari mana” means “where are your from” in Bahasa Indonesia.“Nońa” is the correct way to address a foreign woman in that language, similar to Miss, Ms. or Mrs. (but with the connotation you ARE a foreigner).When I was finally addressed as “Ibu” (sounds like eee-boo) or “Bu” for short, to me it was an embrace by the Javanese people that I was accepted as being one of their own.It is very common when riding in cabs for the driver to ask you where you are from whether you are a national or not.Even my driver (when I eventually got one) told me that he, being from the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, was always asked where he was from.He explained that to the Indonesian people this was very significant because knowing where a person was from told them just about everything they needed to know.



[This message has been edited by iliana (12-09-2007 11:03 AM).]

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Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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1 posted 12-09-2007 04:51 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

oh Iliana... I so enjoyed this glimpse of you .. beautiful!  RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Just another Pete
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2 posted 12-09-2007 08:23 AM       View Profile for Just another Pete   Email Just another Pete   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Just another Pete

Lovely snapshot into your life and the indonesian language. Thanks.
Pete
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3 posted 12-09-2007 09:24 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

That ending line says so much, Jo.
A priceless write, for my library.
Earth Angel
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4 posted 12-09-2007 09:51 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

You did it! I kept looking for you to jump in, I knew yours was an interesting story! Jo, not only did you write it exceptionally well, it was intriguing! ~ and informative.

I believe that having lived in Indonesia has broadened your perspective of life and living and played an important role in your spiritual growth.

This is being tucked away in my personal library.

KBHBLY muchly!

Linda
ThisDiamond
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5 posted 12-09-2007 10:52 AM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Outstanding!
What a little treasure to carry in your memory.
Artic Wind
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6 posted 12-09-2007 11:32 AM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Lovely poem !



To fit to a great challenge

ARCTIC WIND
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7 posted 12-09-2007 11:52 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I think, honey, that I like the fact
that there's "more" brewing...from
your note in the Poetry Challenge area...

If it's going to be as good as this...

you can do a dozen!



Margherita
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8 posted 12-09-2007 01:07 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Dear Jo, I enjoyed how you began with a detail and ended with a wonderful universal truth.

This is very interesting and most beautifully written.

Thank you, I am so happy too that you joined the challenge.

Love and hugs.
Margherita
icebox
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9 posted 12-10-2007 08:14 AM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icebox

Wonderful!

"there was a place I roamed
that made no sense at all"



Patricia
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10 posted 12-10-2007 09:18 AM       View Profile for Patricia   Email Patricia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Patricia

I enjoyed this so much.  Thank you!

Patricia
Martie
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11 posted 12-10-2007 02:53 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Hello Jo....this is so interesting and a part of you I didn't know about.  I'm glad I do now.  

So if you ask me where I’m from,
I’d have to say it's true that
I’ve lived enough to know by now
I don’t live that far away from you!

Indeed!!
JamesMichael
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12 posted 12-10-2007 03:10 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed reading this...James
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