beloved america, why so afraid?

photo by nasrollah kasraian__iranian photographer

you ask me

aren’t you afraid of going back

HOME?

how can a place I haven’t lived in

for four decades

be

my home?

if you insist that beautiful far away land is my home

why would I possibly be afraid

of home?

i’m puzzled my beloved america.

why

do you speak so much of

fear?

travel is about adventure

meeting strangers who welcome you to their homes

showing you their land

with pride

have you traveled your land?

have you been to appalachia?

those beautiful mountains

is it home to you?

or

are you…

Sima Shahriar

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