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Who am I

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Who am I

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 scrape my tongue to match my face?
I've resigned myself to my fate--
Forever asking the sky
"Njan aara?"
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.


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  1. Date: 4/30/2014 3:34:00 AM
    I am so happy this was featured or I would have missed it. I watch Hindi movies all the time with English subtitles, so perhaps you can show them to your children to keep your heritage alive. Your poem touches the heart.

  1. Date: 4/29/2014 4:24:00 PM
    Stunning portrayal of culture vs life. Well done. Enjoyed this very much. Congrats on being featured on the home page :)

  1. Date: 4/29/2014 12:41:00 PM
    I was deeply moved when I read this masterpiece. Simple, truthful and thoughtful. Lovely!!!

  1. Date: 4/29/2014 9:23:00 AM
    What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing your inmost thoughts and feelings with us. God bless!

  1. Date: 4/28/2014 8:15:00 PM
    !!!

  1. Date: 4/28/2014 10:24:00 AM
    Have you become a victim of Christian Mingle? I suggest you try Hindu hangout. Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 4/28/2014 5:34:00 AM
    Awesome write, Congrats on your poem being featured this week, Anamika

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 3:34:00 PM
    Your heritage is not gone. It is merely on vacation. It will return when the time is right. Allan