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Nayyirah Waheed's poem explores the hardships and struggles of being an immigrant. What is expected may not always be the reality for people who have put their all into leaving their country for a "better" life. Waheed says, "you broke the ocean in/ half to be here." Immigrants often leave behind everything they know, sometimes risk their lives and are frequently greeted with hatred once they arrive. This demonstrates how immigrants can struggle to find their place in their new home.