Asian.

Published in the Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity 5-Year Anniversary Zine, February 28, 2020.

The round almond curves of my eyes

outlined by long black lashes

are brightened by the gold in my pupils.

The warm walnut brown shade of my skin tone

lightens to a cashew pale at my palms and

darkens to an umber in my deeper crevices.

These features dissected

in the minds of all who pass.

What is she mixed with?

Why is she here?

Where is she from?

Does she speak

English/Hindi/Telugu/Amharic/Spanish/Arabic/Swahili?

Does she know her people?

Our eyes tell us

Black/Asian/Indian

Our learning tells us

Indian/Asian/White

Curious minds forget consent.

Just ask. Always ask.

Demand to understand.

Demand an end to this racial confusion.

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