woman with black and orange turban standing and glancing her right side

I am from two-sided sinks, from Roku Tv’s and domestic eventual, endless sickening, I am from the dirty playground with shattered glass on the ground I am from gunshots ringing out late at night with  the sounds of the police sirens close behind I’m from oxtail stews with plantain  from the spicy smell of Jamaican curry  I’m from Antionette from a fatherless life  I’m from the know-it-alls and sensitives ones from go do them fu**ing dishes right now, fu** is wrong with you to Lexi if I gotta tell u one more damn time...  I’m from mother sageing the house every month I’m from Brooklyn and Haiti with its greasy food and sweet juicy smelling mangoes from a sister that grow up without a father and a fatherless mom  In a small brown wooden box is where I keep all the birthday cards and memories from lost faceless people I am from all those blurry time-consuming moments I’m just a part of that one-in-a-million family  trees

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October 5, 2021 2:08 pm

I am moved by your poem, “I Am From Brooklyn & Haiti,” because I am also a part of two different cultures. I’m a part of the Mexican culture through my parents and I am also a part of the American culture because I live in the United States.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “from go do them fu**ing dishes right now” I think this is hilarious because my parents are also strict. At times we may complain, but it’s important to note that these teachings will be beneficial to us.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I relate to you, in regards to your different cultures and family life. Your writing moved me and I really appreciate it!

Chris Aguila

March 16, 2021 6:53 pm

Dear Alexis,
I would like to say that your poem is beautiful and the diction is beautifully chosen. I really enjoyed reading about both sides of your lives because it’s important to cherish your culture and your heritage. I liked how you described Haiti from what the world views it as but we both know that Haiti has more to it than just the negative. You should be proud of the person you and the independent woman in your life. Keep writing because it’s beautiful.

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