Mary Farrell, Ph.D., is a retired professor of English literature at the Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain. She is a poet and essayist, and among her writings is a contribution on liminality and film to The Liminal Loop: Astonishing Stories of Discovery and Hope (2022).


It’s neither here nor there.
A simple expression of irrelevancy,
yet, when it’s said about immigrants
it tells a different story.
Bureaucracy is thicker
here than there,
but the sauces are thinner.
Hours were, of course, more sensibly distributed
Nevertheless, time expands more freely
Then there is the climate:
it prodded one’s productivity.
it lets laziness take hold.
And on and on until the immigrant,
like Janus looking behind and ahead,
is neither here nor there,
somewhere in-between.