Saturday, January 14, 2017

On Becoming Eloquent





On I Becoming Eloquent


I had to 
            come into a lighter shade of café au lait
            from my father’s side
            be designated the boy
           
Mom had to
            take on all other roles
            ensure my teeth fell before they grew crooked
            confirm I passed my courses at the university
   so I wouldn’t have to become a farmer

I had to
            reject Mom’s dream
            of me becoming a lawyer
            and major in English
            with a minor in Acting


Dad has to
            not faint
  when he sees me
  at Trump’s Inauguration  
                   wearing my bright black stilettoes 

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