Poem about Race
write about your struggles
as a second generation Chinese American whatever
Write about your half asian high school class
and the high school boys who get tattoos across the street, how your white
statistics teacher told you that some things are mutually exclusive.
There are names we are not allowed to call each other.
Write about the asian losers in Chinese class. Write about
how you just need your damn high school credits
so you can graduate. Write about
the kids who don’t graduate their first try.
Write about the asian girls going after the white guys. The Korean church
by the swimming pool. How you and your black friend
played there, once, and she joked about getting you baptized among lane ropes.
About how sometimes you need a blessing to do something.
A Chinese kid didn’t get into advanced orchestra and
was arrested later for selling weed.
Write about acting your own race.
The Native American kid who looks white. White
people love reading about that shit. Remember to make it sad.