So What Are You?


"So what are you?" A question too familiar

Years ago my mind would halt, frozen

My heart would pound. "I do not know"

I did not want to know.


"Are you Asian?" Your ignorance now shows

In a second your question drapes me, labels me

Forces explanation out of me.

I used to stutter, stumble over lies

Now I am numb to it.


"Why did you lie?" A child\s decisions now regretted

Lies haunt me, suffocate me. I am frustrated

Frustrated at my own choice to once

Lie about what I am now proud of. 

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