* The title should read "Who am I?" I had trouble putting in the question mark.
Below is the poem entitled Who am I which was written by poet
Nair. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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In the mirror on Vishu morning I see an Indian woman
Whose Brooklyn tongue can't form Hindu prayers.
Can I bleach my skin to match my voice?
Can I shave my tongue to match my face?
I've resigned myself to my fate--
Forever asking the sky
In a language my children will never recognize,
In an accent my grandparents will never understand.
I am what my parents feared I may become;
A child whose soul has turned Westward;
A woman whose only memories of Diwali are the flickering lights.