Belonging is a basic human need. Belonging is central to how we define ourselves: our belonging to or connections with people, places and group’s enables one to develop a distinct identity characterized by affiliation, acceptance and association. Many artists and writers use belonging, or rather not belonging, as a theme for their work such as Feliks Skrzynecki, by Peter Skrzynecki.
In the Poem ‘FELIKS SKRZYNECKI’ the poet explores a contrast of the theme of strong cultural identity and alienation for Feliks Skrzynecki and loss of cultural identity for Peter Skrzynecki in a new land. Flekis chooses to isolate himself from society as he surrenders belonging in an Australian Society; rather he chooses to belonging in his garden as he ‘loved his garden like an only child’. Having left behind the familiarity of their home country, where they belonged, they invariably encounter barriers to belonging in Australia including Language barriers, differing cultural practices and prejudice. In his poem, Skryznecki cnoveys how, as a younger migrant, he assimilated more quickly than his parents but felt corresponding sense of alienaton from his polish heritage, ancestor and family friends. Conversely, he recalls how, his parents were slow to assimilate, but continued their close ties with their Polish heritage, friends and traditions. Yet at times, the older generation experienced the alienation of being outsiders in a foreign land.
The first poem has two comparable contexts. It deals the issue of relationshps between the generations (father & son) and the issue of the adaptation of migrants from an old European culture to the new Australian society.
Feliks feels secure and finds peace of mind in his garden and the use of hyperbole ’Ten times around the world’ creates a strong connection between feliks and his garden. ‘His polish friends/talking they reminisced about farms