During June 2020 I was asked to share my journey in international education. My approach was to capture words, phrases, and scenarios from my experience. This led to this piece called “Oh, Say Can We See.”
Oh, Say Can We See
In 2000 I would meet a man who looked like me
He shared that he would journey back to London after the summer.
I thought and wondered. Who is he? How is that possible?
A lunch led to my destiny. 5 years later. It was added on my to do one day list.
3 all for me.
What would I do? Where would I go?
Fly-nt heading to Vientiane
To teach overseas.
A first for me that I could see.
KDSL to KDSL Global. What did I see?
Education, the world, but not many who looked like me.
Co-conspirators in my midst who believed and shared the world.
1 country to 25.
In the year of yes we can
I would enter a land of opportunity
Wasn’t that supposed to be America?
I found life and made a plan in the desert
Sir what do you do? Play basketball, are you in the military?
Is that what you see?
Let me help you.
What do you not think I do?
Where you from? ah I hear it in your voice.
That from led to a distinct treatment
I was from a place where blue was respected
Others were rejected
I expected an old white man
You look just like us
Who is invited?
Who are you?
What do you do?
Oh, say can they see.
Body in the Chi
Mind on the world
Not the norm
I left Dubai for this?
I can’t see in this land that was supposed to be for me.
A turn down led to a turn up
Don’t look the part
White men preferred
How do we get others to see?
Folks are saying they still don’t see. Don’t see or don’t want to see?
Statements, quotes, emails, phone calls, how are you, be safe
So now you see
Show me your commitment and new policies
Do you see?
The vision started with seeing someone who looked like me
Really it wasn’t about me
Oh, say can we see.