London, England: Camila Solis Torrez, who grew up with her Bolivian mother in England, recalls a time in 6th form when she yearned to be friends with people who shared a Spanish cultural background.
 
She finds them, but then she discovers that she is different from them. She’s not interested in fashion or the things they love to talk about. She becomes so isolated that her mom says, “Your room looks like you’re depressed.”

I met two girls of Spanish descent
We made a little friendship group
I was so excited that I could show
that part of me
 
Over time the group felt harsh
I’m feeling trapped inside
Wasn’t I supposed to be there?
 
I stare at the ground
It’s all dark
Then I look up
And see all the stars
 
Your room looks like you’re so depressed.
My mother said, do something
I thought about a Filipino girl in class with me
 
Martha, can I have lunch with you
Of course she said to me
I found a home with Martha and her friends
 
I stare at the ground
It’s all dark
Then I look up
And see all the stars
 
Those are my new friends I see
No nationality
No countries, no borders with friends
 
I stare at the ground
It’s all dark
Then I look up
And see all the stars

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