Broken American Dream

Iím in the promised land, or so they say  
Quality and money galore, or so they say  
Youíre living the better life, or so they say  
So much better than what they know  
But they donít know what I know  

I can be myself, but not too much  
Say something, but not too loudly  
Live your life, but donít be proud  
Pushing and pulling for my own protection  
Now I havenít got a sense of direction  

Expensive equals happiness  
Extortion is success  
Explaining is talking too much  
Just be grateful,  
Till you completely lose touch  

Iím not a selling point of the ideal  
Tell that to my bank account  
And the rising dollar signs  
Of what it means to live  

Iím not living proof of the culture  
Tell that to all of the sides †
Where enough is never nearly enough  
But all Iíve got is Me to give  

Iím glistening little parts  
Iím shattered rhinestone hopes  
Iím Red, White, Blue, and a mellow Yellow  

Iím astray with too much potential  
Iím pretty little fragments of the  
Broken American Dream
Written by MgAl
Published | Edited 29th Aug 2023
Author's Note
As someone born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. at a young age and have been here ever since, I've always struggled with the culture clash of not quite fully belonging to one or the other. Too American for my Philippine relatives, but not quite American enough for the U.S. I've also struggled with the comments from my relatives assuming I'm living the perfect life just because I'm in the United States and they view this place as some sort of promised land, when that's far from the case. And I look at the close family ties and familial joy they have with each other and wish I could be closer to them, literally and figuratively. Not to say I'm ungrateful for being here. And I could explain so much more in-depth. But to quote a line from The Farewell, "It's just...different."
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