February 19, 2019


Between the Ocean

By Shayla Sandoval

I live my life between the ocean

The answer to the "home" dilemma was always complicated, but always

Hong Kong, but not Chinese,

American, but without a state,

Mexican, but without the language


Growing up on spiraled staircases on the way to classes next to the glittering ocean

I never thought it possible

But now I feel like a traitor of the continents


When I'm here I want to be there and when I'm there I want to be here

I leave the party, class, work, and want to go home


But home is always a day away

Fly away and realize I've found pieces of home in both places

Living life on a seesaw between the ocean


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© 2019 by Shayla Sandoval


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