I remember growing up and buying breakfast at the local breakfast stands
On my way to school
I remember taking the bus in the morning
Patiently waiting for me to arrive at my stop
I remember buying a red scarf at the tiny craft store for 1 a dollar
Every time I forgot mine
I remember hanging out with my friends walking a block to their house
Or going all the way up to the tea mountains
To visit who used to be my best friend
I remember bicycling through the community
I remember my crazy neighbors dog who ate our chicken in the backyard
I remember my mom
Making me hang out with all those people that I very much disliked
I remember getting money and preparing lots and lots of Chinese food
Every Chinese new year, and throwing a huge party
I remember my uncle chopping the chickens head off right in front of me
And me crying

But…

I don’t remember my childhood before China
I don’t remember Pre-k and kindergarten
I don’t remember what I dreamed of last night
I don’t remember what I ate last week
I don’t remember where I put some of my clothes
As to this day I still can’t find my favorite black pants
I don’t remember most of my moms friends
Though they claimed that we used to see each other all the time
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  1. Maggie 2 years ago

    Hi Anjelina,
    I thought that this poem was a beautiful way to tell your story. You are a very talented writer, and I hope you keep writing and posting on here. I look forward to reading more of your writing!
    -Maggie

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