Aug 17, 2014

attempted poetry

"white girl"

white girl white skin

white girl straight hair

white girl, freckles

white girl white privilege.

white girl nice clothes, sometimes

white girl sweatpants, hoodies, sometimes,

because nobody reads white girl clothes as thug or criminal or thief

white girl goes to candlelight vigil

white girl listens to black voices

and white girl remembers,

white girl white privilege.

later, white girl number two comes up to white girl and says

Hey, it’s nice to see another white girl here.

and white girl says Thank you.

white girl says Thank you, but i’m half hispanic.

white girl says yeah, i look white

white girl says yeah, i am white,
but call white girl white and you only call out what you see.

call white girl white and you will never learn that white girl red hair but white girl not irish, white girl puerto rican

white girl latino father

white girl never know what to put when the boxes ask white black hispanic asian native pick one

white girl abuelo and abuela

white girl visits abuelo and abuela in new york city, inwood, almost the bronx, but not quite,

neighborhood littered with boleros and puerto ricans floor after floor,

fill up every apartment building,

white girl goes to a fiesta in the apartment building basement, homemade piñatas and homemade empanadas and cousins who look nothing like white girl

white girl retreats up the elevator to apartment 19-I,

white girl smells the bistec and platanos and rice and beans and white girl smells home

white girl looks at apartment walls and sees pictures of white girl’s dad,

sees pictures of puerto rican boy running around on streets around the corner from streets where Puerto Rican boy number two or three or four got gunned down because the cops thought he looked dangerous

even though dangerous just meant not white

white girl looks down at white arms white legs

white girl looks in the mirror and sees white face,

white girl sees not dangerous, white girl sees white privilege

white girl looks at her phone and white girl knows she will never have to look down and wonder if the call is going to tell her that her friend or brother got shot

white girl looks at her high school yearbook and sees that none of these pictures have turned into memorials for a classmate that’s been killed

and white girl knows these things and white girl wonders if she will ever know what it feels like to be so tired

and even if white girl finds out what it is like to be so tired

white girl white privilege

if white girl feels tired it’s because she has a choice.

Aug 4, 2014
post-wfr sunset (at Burke Mountain Ski Area)

post-wfr sunset (at Burke Mountain Ski Area)

Jul 26, 2014
summer days, sitting on cars (at Trues Ledges)

summer days, sitting on cars (at Trues Ledges)

Jun 20, 2014
summer wine

summer wine

Jun 19, 2014
sitting by the river (at Ledyard Canoe Club)

sitting by the river (at Ledyard Canoe Club)

Jun 15, 2014
smoothie day (at Dartmouth College)

smoothie day (at Dartmouth College)

Jun 12, 2014
home away from home (at Moosilauke Ravine Lodge)

home away from home (at Moosilauke Ravine Lodge)

Jun 8, 2014
just another day at the job (at Ledyard Canoe Club)

just another day at the job (at Ledyard Canoe Club)

Jun 6, 2014
good day for canoeing  (at Connecticut River)

good day for canoeing (at Connecticut River)

Jun 2, 2014
homemade lunch! mahi mahi burger with pesto sauce, on top of arugula salad with pear vinaigrette and goat cheese, & a side of cornbread. yum.  (at Dartmouth College)

homemade lunch! mahi mahi burger with pesto sauce, on top of arugula salad with pear vinaigrette and goat cheese, & a side of cornbread. yum. (at Dartmouth College)

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