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Porus, Jamaica, WI

when they ask where are you from?

what they mean is

where were you raped?

how hot was it?

in the morning?

after tea and a long belch?

behind the sugar cane?

or was it a bale of cotton?

which history book are you cited in? which reference section?

did the rape happen more than once?

have you been back to the scene of the shortcoming?

you’re so lucky

my family loves to winter in Montego Bay

lol jerk is so spicy 

list the names of every one of your fathers

cuz your mother’s body was just a tool

to create you

a bastard carcass

them men never considered a viable option…

 

when you say Cuba, Jamaica and Guyana—“but I was born here”

what you mean is

Grandma, Cuban, became Jamaican

Mama, Jamaican, became American.

My father never stayed (and)

I, American, don’t know what I can be yet.

 

somehow

where are you from?

executes as both SHU and escape

depends on who’s asking, you know?

like, for example, if a person

who has never experienced foundational trauma

is asking

they just throwing up bars because they got them shits on deck.

but, for example, if a person

who was born without grounds to petition

who had to learn how to make air taste like breakfast

is asking

we’re sharing roadmaps

marked with different circuits

to some mutually nondescript place we both have marked h-o-m-e.

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