I am from streetlights come on and it’s time to go inside,
grandparents watching Caso Cerrado,
mom’s car here to pick me up.
I am from llantas in the garage
that my grandpa will take to the garra this weekend,
burnt peppers in the kitchen,
Friday car rides to garage sales.
I am from 6 o’clock means Wito is playing la guitarra in the basement,
Wita is praying in her room,
I am watching Selena for the 100th time, alone.
I am from Tala, Mexico.
A place I have only formally met once but have known my whole life.
I am from un Español muy rural,
nurses without degrees,
I am from whitewashed with the Latinos,
too ethnic to be understood by the whites.
I am from Catholic school has people thinking I’m rich,
but being Latina on a college campus must mean I am a PEOPLE scholar.
I am from you confuse people with your racial ambiguity
pero mi gente me pide ayuda en español.
Header image by Phoebe Nerem