Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Land

You never know how strong you are

.....until!!
It’s so hard to forget pain,
but it’s even harder to remember

You’re never know how strong you are

until being strong is your only choice

 

We talk about homes


I never got to know mine

 

I came from the land of civil war and mango crops
You hear Somalia and you assume civil war and mango crops

 

The Land of my mother
The Land she was left behind by her mother
The Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything
Our Land passes in and out of our bodies just as our bodies pass in and out of our Land The Land belongs to the future.

 

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about (Somalia)

 

I will always be Somali


But I never got to know my culture