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    RobertBlack

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    Hermit Crab

    Post  RobertBlack on Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:01 pm

    HERMIT CRAB

    I have outgrown New Zealand
    It is an empty shell to me now
    I can see the beautiful spotted surface of the shell
    And hear the ocean when I put it to my ear
    But when I look inside
    It is empty
    The once sweet air
    Is odorless
    And the open sky
    Pushes down
    On my mind
    As do the eyes
    And voices
    Of the people
    In the past
    I lived in a shell on a Northland beach
    Carried it around on my back
    Just like a hermit crab
    But I have been away a long time
    And I just don't fit in
    Anymore
    Nothing excites or inspires me
    And no one gets me
    Or my stories
    And although part of me is sad
    I have become accustomed
    To running into the sea
    Unprotected
    And drifting happily away
    To destinations unknown

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    Post  The Great Splendini on Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:33 am

    nice. good.

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    Post  Psioncy on Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:21 pm

    I concur.  It has a melancholic and evocative quality to it.  And I think it speaks to the expat syndrome we all share in common.

    I was bored out of my fucking mind in my hometown.  It's gorgeous there, a pennisula deep into the sea flanked by great bays of craggily coastline spotted with lush islands. (Then six feet of fkn snow in the winter.  Rolling Eyes)  But so what?  I don't belong to it anymore.

    The people.  They bore me to tears.  I don't relate to them anymore, almost not at all.

    Sadly, I relate more to you low-lifes than anyone else.  


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    Post  Psioncy on Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:29 pm

    (That was meant as a compliment BTW, even though it may have totally come across as the opposite.)


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    Post  RobertBlack on Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:50 pm

    The beauty of New Zealand can seduce you. But there is something wrong with the energy of the place now. I felt the same thing in Christchurch, before the earthquake. The people are violent, and belligerent when you talk to them. They have an opinion on everything and think they are the best, even when you meet them overseas. It is just a piss weak farming country, obsessed with rugby. And culturally lost (whites). Personally I think the country will be destroyed by a huge series of earthquakes soon. Just a feeling.

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    Post  The Great Splendini on Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:14 am

    Nah, I miss home. Being in Chinkland or Asianland perpetually can drive one to insanity.

    I'd like to settle HERE, but get the fuck out during winters and go galavanting across the planet, Africa, etc... Let's face it. Being stuck in China forever and ever is boring as shit. Being stuck in any one place is boring as shit. We all have wanderlust. Ideally, it's best not to be tied to a 9-to-5 job to be able go roam around the planet once in a while.

    But there ain't no place like home. Everything is so convenient here.

    As far as "nobody gets you", well the internet has made the world a global community. So you can ignore your neighbors if they're assholes and go online.

    If nothing else, I have a cousin here who's fuckin' cool as hell. He wanted to do drugs together, but I told him I'm a coward when it comes to drugs. But the guy can carry a conversation for hours. I meet with him and talked for hours. If you look, you'll find some interesting people back home.

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    Post  RobertBlack on Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:53 pm

    Reverse culture shock can be gruesome, but fortunately it only seems to hit one in their "home" country. Live somewhere else, like Europe or Australia and I am fine.

    I think I actually like being a foreigner.

    You always feel more interesting than the locals, even if you are not.

    And how you feel in your mind, walking down the street in any country is important.

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