Archive for the ‘immigrant angst’ Category

Pressure

Posted: May 7, 2012 in immigrant angst

you’re pushing me into transparency
it gets harder and harder to see me
trapped in a mold
everything i am
being pressed out of me

Praise

Posted: December 21, 2011 in immigrant angst

let’s see how long she can take it
let’s see how long she can hang on.

the burning agony is so familiar…
she’s got the training~
breathe slow.

gasping with the pain,
through the pain,
there she goes

what an athlete.

war-torn

Posted: February 24, 2011 in immigrant angst

“war-torn”

if i’m not already mad
i will go mad
from having to do the jobs
of men.

“the sleeping”

Posted: February 24, 2011 in immigrant angst

“the sleeping”

All we do is sleep all day
because we hate our lives,
and nothing works
when we do what our parents say.
We are the sleeping
Children of slaves

Spirit of immobility

Posted: February 24, 2011 in immigrant angst

“Spirit of immobility”

Save the world
You want me to help save the world

Save the world
From yourself…

Maybe it’s you who needs help
Maybe it’s you who has to change
Maybe it’s you who’s fucking things up
Maybe it’s you
Maybe it’s you

child of immigrants

Posted: February 24, 2011 in immigrant angst

“child of immigrants”

I’ve been hungry all my life.
Everything I thought I needed
I was denied
Everything that hurt
They taught me was life.

The starving scraping at the insides
Of my stomach
The instinctive flinch
A desperate longing for escape
These are the tools
I have been given
To build my parents
Their American Dream.

Plantations, railroads, scientists
Internment camps
Prison industrial complex
College sports, pro athletes
My future is written in history.

delusion kills the dictionary

Posted: February 24, 2011 in immigrant angst

“delusion kills the dictionary”

in our delusional
community

child abuse
is hailed
as good parenting

neglect
is shrugged off
as the price of earning a profit

pain
is obstinately referred to
as
normal

and calories
don’t exist.

in our delusional
community
we don’t need no dictionary
we don’t need to learn English

we just make up the words
and definitions
as we go along.

so fuck abusive
fuck neglect
fuck money-hungry

we’re perfect parents
we’re perfect citizens
and we demand
perfect children
and the perfect
American Dream.

we’ve earned it.
give it to us
NOW.