The Professional and Academic Discrimination Issue: Poetry Roundup
Each issue we feature the pieces of Asian womxn all around the world. Here are this issue’s pieces!
Colonized by Latisha Horstink
A whole lot more than Just a hole A whole Full woman A hole, Woman. The colonisers gaze; At land Mountainous Fertile land Inhibited but not yet understood A home With no walls Just windows No curtains A hole On a scale of black and white Highlighted In yellow Setting sun On land Mountainous Fertile land A home With no walls Just windows A whole Full woman Reduced to just a hole The colonisers gaze; Taught me admiration The colonisers gaze; Taught me seduction The colonisers gaze; Taught me temptation The colonisers gaze; Taught me determination The colonisers gaze Taught me; How to be stubborn, How to be blunt but, Sharp
Colonisers gaze; This body is claimed Claimed by its inhabitants Stubborn inhabitants Armed with blunt bullets And sharp shields A whole lot more than Just a hole A whole Full woman A hol -ly Woman. I am my own land Mountainous Fertile Land Inhibited and worshiped Highlighted In yellow Setting sun I am home
Ways To Listen by Latisha Horstink
Feel Like you want to look away Like the sorrow from your mother’s eyes Like a fly buzzing in your ear Like a hang nail caught in hair Like the breath of my words slaps you across the face Think Why? Don’t Talk Do Listen
Sometimes I wonder What life would have been like If I had stayed. Try hard enough And I can relive those nostalgic memories All over again. The boys, playing cricket As the hot sun glared down. People coming out Of mosques, temples, churches All on the same street Like swarms of mosquitoes. The smell of Sweet, juicy mangos and Savory, roasted peanuts Mingling with the loud horns Of rickshaws on the road. Lying under the ceiling fan On colorful straw mats Reading for hours on end About great queens Powerful kings, fierce warriors. Why did I leave? Did I make a mistake? Should I be in this country That doesn’t want me for me? For my skin tone My religion, my race? They preach equality and freedom But it doesn’t deliver anymore. Accused of not Belonging, not assimilating All because I’m proud. Proud of my other half, My homeland. Then I look forward. What do I see? My father, treating His patients with The utmost care Depsite the hateful Words that stab, Pierce like hot knives. “You’re stealing our jobs.” “You’re not a real American.” My mother, trying To rebuild a new life Out of the ashes she brought From our old home, The ashes that once resembled A life where she had Everything. They had sacrificed everything. For me. ME. So when I look forward, I’m reminded of
One more thing.
The opportunities that Lay in front of me A vast ocean of them. This range of possibilities Of how I could Make my mark, Make a difference, Change the world. That’s why I’m here. So land of the free, Home of the brave, You may not be perfect But I will forever Be grateful for What you’ve given me.”
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