A to Z Challenge Poetry

#Wrapped Refrain: This Expat Life #atozchallenge

This expat life, some people yearn
To make it big, money to earn
Succeed at what others can’t do
Buy one house or maybe a few
Go back to the homeland and get yourself a wife
Holding on to your culture in this expat life

This expat life, means you are free
With those back home, to disagree
Follow the culture that you wish
Pray when you want, eat any dish
Reminders of home sometimes cut through like a knife
You realise you don’t belong here, this expat life

This expat life, not what it seems
Most of the goals remain but dreams
No maids around to do your chores
No random friends knocking on doors
Having two mortgages creates a lot of strife
There is more stress than comfort in this expat life

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (27 April 2017)


The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c. Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain and hence the name, wrapped refrain.

This has been written for the 2017 A to Z Challenge

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  • Shailaja Vishwanath
    27 April 2017 at 11:51 am

    Sigh, certainly not easy to manage two mortgages. I know people think the grass is greener in other lands but only those who live there understand the challenges.

    27 April 2017 at 2:24 pm

    What a beautiful poem Sanch and it expressed the dilemma of the expat life so clearly!! Brilliant stuff!!

    ​Wish upon the stars

  • Vinodini
    27 April 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Expat life sure is tough. I know from my brother’s experiences in Sydney. You’ve expressed it splendidly here.

  • Geetika
    27 April 2017 at 3:44 pm

    It’s sad after chasing so many dreams when there is the absence of contentment!

  • upasna
    27 April 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Nice and true tale of expats. Thanks for shedding light on wrapped refrain style.

  • AuraOfThoughts-MeenalSonal
    27 April 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Dilemma is biggest trouble in life. Ver beautifully penned, flow of poetry is smooth.
    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

  • Sreesha
    28 April 2017 at 12:40 am

    Harsh truth. It’s a decision that too many people do not think through

  • Roshan Radhakrishnan
    28 April 2017 at 1:09 am

    Tough lesson about expat life but honestly, even tougher rhyme scheme so kudos on managing it so well.

  • Jacqui
    28 April 2017 at 1:34 am

    I like this one. Very appealing.

  • Aditi Kaushiva
    28 April 2017 at 2:42 am

    I can very well relate to this. Beautifully penned!
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  • Reema D'souza
    28 April 2017 at 4:32 am

    True story! Each decision has a negative side too!

  • Geethica Mehra
    28 April 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This is so true. We feel that the ones who keep travelling and settling in new cities are enjoying the most. But ask them how blessed are we.

    • apsster
      29 April 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Oh tell me about it Geethica ! I am tired of moving from one city to the other! 4 cities in last 7 years. Sigh.
      Sometimes I just want to leave everything and go home 🙂

  • Asmita
    29 April 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Gah ! This is just my life 🙁 When you say “Go back to the homeland” , I have been planning since forever to go back but yeah !

    apsster @ Little Heart Speaks