I am from a pink hijab and pink sneakers, from colorful fabric from Telco and praying at home during Ramadan on my green prayer rug.

I am from the beautiful white color house

I am from green, pink, white, and yellow from the garden filled with color.

I am from jasmine white flower, from the jasmine white flower is very beautiful smell flower in winter at garden

I am from Eid and Eyes color from Parvez and  Rahemeen and Amna.

I am from watching my mom cook paratha and learning to do it myself.  I am from washing the white walls of our apartment in Gravesend.

From my Father Pervez saying, “It’s time to go to bed, Maria” and my Mother Tanzeela saying “It’s dangerous outside.”

I’m from the lady reading hospital and light medium skin color of my mother, From Biryani spicy rice and kabab with crunchy.

I am from pictures with whole family in the pakistan and memories is in our notebook image gallery.





  1. Aquashia 1 month ago

    I really liked how you said you from things that showed things ABOUT things you liked and thing in you culture instead of straight out saying it.The pictures were also an amazing choice and were also very good and vibrant pictures.I highly liked it!!

  2. Janet 1 year ago

    I appreciate the colors and illustrations you used to highlight your poetry. Your voice was clear and well paced so you were easy to listen to. I noticed you had background music but your voice carried the message well. Nice job!

  3. Andrew 2 years ago

    Nice poem, Maria.Your writing has great flow

  4. Monica 2 years ago

    Estimada Maria:

    Estoy asombrada por tu poema, “De donde soy,” porque aprendí de una cultura nueva que nunca había escuchado. Yo soy de El Salvador y vivo en California.

    Una frase que escribiste que se destaca para mi es “De mi padre, Pervez diciendo: ‘Es hora de ir a la cama, Maria’ y mi madre Tanzeela diciendo ‘Es peligroso afuera’” porque muchos de los papas de mi comunidad les dicen las mismas cosas a sus hijos. Veo que somos muy diferentes de algunas maneras, pero iguales en otras maneras.

    Gracias por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque quiero aprender mas sobre tu cultura. Cual es tu tradición favorita?


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