I’m from Dakar, Thiebou dieune and Yassa au poulet
I am from Manhattan, loud, crowded, always moving fast.
I am from Moussa, Birame and Mamour
I am from tabaski and kirite,
From sacrifice, hunger, excitement, and gratitude.
I am from family meetings, loud laughter, tights hugs, sad goodbyes.
I am from lasagna and and chicken over rice
I am from sabare, fast, uncontrolled, an important part of my culture.
I am from d ne pas parler fore, or lower your voice
I am from de partager avec les personne pauvre, or share with those who have less than you.
I am from a future where I am a doctor.
Tags: New York City Writing Project's 2018 ELLs Academy