I live where 

modernity is unable
to break through barriers
disabled by customs
Underground change
will derange, exchange
long held traditions
new generation
adopt, adapt style
resistance is futile
still I will die fighting

34 thoughts on “Stubborn ”

  1. I liked this photo the moment I saw it. It is a wonderful generational photo that could stand alone and tell a story in itself, but it is definitely enhanced by the poem. 🙂

    I can relate to your point that traditions are hard to change and resist because of my own negative experience with a tradition that I did not discover until after my mother died. I do not want to visit my parents’ homeland because there is a lot of pressure to get married over there and relatives will try to do some matchmaking and find a spouse for you if you are single. This is how my older brother ended up getting married. My relatives do not know me very well, and I object to the idea of people who are virtually strangers picking out a husband for me. I explained this situation to a friend I met through work at my previous job, and she suggested that I buy a wedding ring and say that I was married so that they would leave me alone if I went over there. I did not like that idea, so I just plan to stay away from there.

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      1. You are welcome. 🙂 My other brother also plans to stay away from there. Besides the matchmaking, there are a few other good reasons why I don’t want to go there. I know I am probably missing out on understanding some part of my cultural background by not visiting my parents’ homeland firsthand, but that is the price I have to pay for freedom.

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      2. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too, AB. 🙂 I know I have been vague about my cultural background, but I feel self-conscious about discussing it online. I would like to tell you more about it by email if you are interested.

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      3. You are welcome. 🙂 When my father was in the military, he would be away from me and the rest of my family sometimes for months at a time. Being too clingy and needy was not an option. While most of us missed him (not too sure if my oldest brother did), we had to learn how to manage without him while he was away.

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      4. You are welcome. 🙂 You are dear to me, AB. I know traveling is an important part of your life, and I don’t want you to worry that my feelings will be hurt if I don’t hear from you for a few days when you are on the road. You can just let me know like you did earlier this week, and I’ll just wait for you to come back when you have time. My dad’s work in the military required him to do a lot of travel overseas, so I wanted you to know that I have some previous experience dealing with a world traveler. 🙂

        And thank you for spending some of your free time with me. 🙂 I am glad that I have had the opportunity to share some of my ideas and life experiences with you.

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