Jeremy Willson

Gold Star - 5,929 Points (10/12/98 / Brandon, FL)

Mexican/American - Poem by Jeremy Willson

Being Mexican/American is hard
Every white person asking me for my green card
All white people think I don't speak English
Every Mexican thinks I'm white and they hate me
I think to myself why do they hate me if they don't even know me?
Just because I'm Mexican/American?
I never let anyone inside I always keep my guard
For if they saw the real me, and didn't like it, I would be forever scarred
I want to be either Mexican or American if I only had one wish
All the people and their whispers why wont they let me be?
Why is it I have to be the one that lives my life un-happily?
Just because I'm Mexican/American?
I am an imitator, a mirror image of what they want me to be
If only they would open their eyes and see
I'm not Mexican or American
I am only me
So why do they hate me?
Just because I'm Mexican/American?
I do speak English, I do speak Spanish
But lasagna is my favorite dish
I listen to rock
I am a Baptist (this might come as a shock)
For I am Mexican/American
I'm neither light nor dark I'm tan
So do they hate me for the color of my skin?
Or just because I'm Mexican/American

Topic(s) of this poem: judgement, race

Form: Verse

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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