A Call to Unite Broken Identities Through Self Reflection

Chicana.
Latina.
Mestiza.
Mexicana.
Gringa.
Indígena.
Escocés.
Un poco de todo, un poco de nada.
Broken español.
Mixed identity
Confused personality

Don’t categorize me, don’t make assumptions.
My exterior tells you nothing.
You don’t know me, y no me entiendes.
Porque ni siquiera me entiendo yo misma.
Cada dia crezco y cambio un poco.
Pero al fin del dia, cada momento y occasión tiene un impacto con mis pensamientos.

I don’t want this to be another “mixed identity” rant, for you know were all pretty mixed and diverse—just look at the Earth.

22 years livin on this planet & I’m still trying to understand who I am  and what it means to be biracial.
            But let’s forget the term biracial, because that implies two.
            Only two ethnic backgrounds.
            Only two cultural identities,
            Only two understandings.
Hence, biracialness does not adequately address who you are and who I am.
We are not two.
I am not two pieces but rather one whole.
So I am one piece consisting of many different things.
One person, one brain, one heart, but multiple faces, identities, feelings, and phases.

This isn’t meant to be some mixed identity pride poem or self-esteem booster. However, it is important to assess who you are, where you’re from, and how you identify. Don’t let others box you, because we are incapable of being defined by simplistic labels.

Me escuchas? No se si me escuchas…
Pero solamente te quiero decir que somos humanos y muy complicados.
Aún nuestras diferencias tenemos sangre que nos mantenga.
Enseñame quien eres, y te enseñare quien soy.

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One Response to A Call to Unite Broken Identities Through Self Reflection

  1. Eline says:

    This is an amazing poem =)

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