Living in the land of the free while feeling caged,
The wild child in me is aching for freedom.
L’Enfant Sauvage. Such a beautiful way to express my need of freedom than “the wild child”.
From foreign to familiar, one desire I’ve found is never lost.
So judgmental of myself, it’s disgusting.
I want to change, but my habits are much like a machine past any restoration after rusting.
It always so easy to rattle off the inspirational and wise words of past philosophers about change to others,
But where is our wise input that was once so needed when we need to find change for ourselves?
From foreign to familiar, one of a few needs is consistent.
My mind racing quicker than a bullet,
What is it that makes saying all the harsh things so easy even when I shouldn’t?
I claim honesty in the face of opposition and offense,
But it’s honesty at the cost of dignity, peace, and painful laments.
From foreign to familiar, one constant presence I wish I could find less of.
Foreign or familiar, enough is enough.
Whether I have home with a bed, or street corner as the place to lay my head
I don’t need these things and space being taken up by useless stuff.
Are my piles of junk the only inheritance, the only thing I want to be remembered by when I’m dead?
Home is no longer a building where my bed is or I find rest,
Home is where I find hope, love, encouragement, and creativity at it’s best.
Foreign or familiar I know I’ll find home again
I’m just waiting on you to point out the where and when.
No longer do you have to ask, whom shall I send?
For here I am! Send me.
Partly inspired by a book titled Foreign to Familiar: A guide to understanding hot and cold climate cultures ( just to be clear the main inspiration, not that it’s hard to spot was mainly in just the repeated use of the phrase “from foreign to familiar, etc.). Ending mostly inspired by one of my all time favorite verses, Isaiah 6:8 KJV and the song “Isaiah (The Willing) by For Today.
Also on a translation note, L’enfant Sauvage is french for the wild child. This inspiration came from a wonderful French metal band I love, Gojira who are releasing an album with this title in June.