Who I Am

I am a third culture kid.

Of that I will never be rid.


I’ve grown up among worlds,

Like many other boys and girls.


I am made up of one travelling heart,

Which is often spread worlds apart.


I am internationally grown,

But I have a hard time defining home.


I am made up of many places,

Like a dice of six faces.


The places I’ve lived and loved,

And those that run through my blood;


Each of them is a part of me,

Part of my story and my journey.


Much of it is yet to be told,

But to one thing I will always hold:


I’m an adult third culture kid,

Of that I never wish to be rid.


9 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. Wonderful! : ) Don’t know if you’ve ever considered this, but it’d be interesting to hear about your experiences in different countries – Christmas in Paris? a birthday celebration in the Philippines? With cultures being so varied, it’d be fun for us ho-hum non-TCKs to read. I don’t mean to explain the cultural differences but choose a memory and just relate what it was like wherever you were at. Does this make sense? Just a thought, maybe for the new year. As always, it’s a joy to read what you’ve written. Keep it up! : )


    1. Thanks, Paige! 🙂 I actually think those are great ideas, and I’ll definitely work on writing some posts like that. Thanks for the thought and please feel to share any other suggestions, I love that! And thanks for always having such lovely and motivating comments 🙂


  2. Thanks Dounia and Paige! I read a nice article just recently by Elaine Sciolino who writes for the New York Times (not sure of her last name) about Thanksgiving in Paris, a nice blend of cultures- you can probably find it with a few key word searches and your poem and comment made me think of it.


    1. It’s so funny that you mention that article, because I just read it a few days ago and I also thought about it when I read Paige’s comment! Thanks for giving me the link here so I can find it more easily and anyone else who is interested can check it out too 🙂


    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it! I also really enjoyed what I’ve read of your blog so far, so I’ll definitely be stopping by again. And I’ll make sure to follow up on Paige’s and your suggestions soon 🙂


  3. Great post Dounia – I also loved the one from November called the Hidden Story. I feel like my blog is like that as well – it tracks the twists and turns and they aren’t all about overseas or growing up overseas. I’d love to have you do a guest post by the way!


    1. Thanks, Marilyn! I’m really happy you liked them and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Your comments and encouragement mean a lot because I really admire your blog and how you write! So it would be a real pleasure and honor to do a guest post on your blog – let me know how we would do that and if you have any preference by message or email anytime. 🙂 And thank you again!


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