At Liberty to Say
My entire life my country
Has not had room for me and my love.
Any love of country not rooted in distrust of the Other,
Was mocked and dismissed.
I have questioned my compassion.
I have treated it like a disease or a handicap,
Because my country didn’t want it,
My culture didn’t value it.
In occupied territory
I have found a place where I can love safely,
And my heart is free.
If you look for me at home or at school
If you cannot find me in the gym or at the garden
You will find me
At Liberty to say
I love my country.